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
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...
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Sri Pada (aka Adam's Peak) is on my list again this year. And I think this is going to remain a standing item on my to-do list for as long as my legs can carry me up this holy mountain. I'm looking forward to making this an annual pilgrimage with friends. Last year, we climbed in early April and the weather was reasonable, although it did rain in the evening on the ascent. The season opened on poya full moon in December last year and will remain open till poya full moon in May. You can still climb outside of the season, but the night lights on the walking trail won't be on, and it'll be a little quieter. This year, I'm interested in climbing once in-season and once out of season, maybe even staying around the area of a couple of weeks to soak up the good energy and maybe even have a little self-retreat if I can find a simple, safe and comfortable place to stay.
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Healers are generally always on my list when I hear of something new. As many who have read this blog will know, I have an avid interest in alternative therapies, Ayurveda and all kinds of ancient healing techniques. It makes sense to explore this in Sri Lanka, with its rich history in healing and ancient knowledge passed down from generation to generation. On my list are a few names of healers that have come by word of mouth and also via news media. It's an adventure indeed to seek out some of these healers! There are some incredible stories of reversing diabetes, healing cancers and much, much more. Some of my visits in the past have been to support friends with illnesses and also to find out for myself the different ways healing powers work. In this day and age, good health is to be treasured, but unfortunately many of us do and will fall ill to modern diseases.
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Kala Pola is Sri Lanka's biggest open air art fair that has been running for the past 22 years. It's held in Colombo and this year it will be on 31 January 2016. The art fair is open to the public and is free of charge. Incredibly, I've never attended this event in the eight years I've lived in Sri Lanka. So I'm planning to check it out this year and maybe see if I can support some local artists by making some purchases for my home.
If you have some interesting items on your list for 2016 please do share them by making a comment below, sending me an email or via social media. Happy adventures!