Monday, January 18, 2016

Travel Monday: What's on Eva's Travel To-Do List 2016?

I have a secret to share with you... my secret is that I have itchy feet! Admittedly, it's more figurative than literal lol You see, I love my freedom and if I had my way I'd be constantly on the adventure trail. Realistically though, that isn't possible 100% of the time, so I make do with a travel to-do list, which has a mind of its own. Places of interest and experiences get crossed off,  highlighted, and added on throughout the year. Even after living here for a number of years there is still a lot I haven't seen or done. 

My travel to-do list is one of the things I spend a little time on at the beginning of year, after reflecting on the year just passed. There are some wish-list items on there, places or experiences I want to revisit, requests from friends and items that interest me that have come by way of news and social media.

I thought I'd share my current short list with you, which is in no particular order of priority. What's on my short list might invigorate some of your own travel plans, so I'm sharing the good stuff! The long list is far too long for this blog post, but I can confirm that it will still keep me on the adventure trail in Sri Lanka for a few years to come wink

It's only been three weeks since 2016 kicked off, but I've already check off a few things, and I'll be writing up some blog posts soon...

Friday, January 15, 2016

A wondrous week experiencing Sri Lankan village life

As an expat living in Sri Lanka for awhile now, I'd say I'm relatively well-versed in the comings and goings of everyday life around Colombo and to a certain extent, Kandy. These are the places I've lived most of the time, as opposed to the various travel I've undertaken around this blessed little teardrop island. Very recently, I was invited to spend a week with a local family in their little village on the outskirts of Kandy. It was a genuinely unique experience and one I would love to repeat with more frequency. This blog post is about that experience which has deeply touched me on many levels and, which has taught me more about what is at the heart of Sri Lankan culture.

I met this Sri Lankan family a couple of years ago through another local friend, and pretty much from the outset the relationship has felt warmly familiar and easy. It probably has a lot to do with their innate hospitality, generosity and sincere kindness. And I'm treated much like one of their family. Now that I think about it, there are quite a few friends in Sri Lanka that have adopted me in this way, and it makes me think how very hard it would be to ever consider leaving this teardrop island. It's not often you can say that about the people you meet. And when you do, my advice is to treasure it because it is rare indeed.