Thoughts on Travel

How travelling ‘didn’t’ change me…

You see a lot of people talking about how travelling and backpacking for a prolonged period of time changes them. I'd like to talk about how I think travelling did the exact opposite. I didn't change. In fact, travelling prevented me from changing... Just think about it. When we are younger, generally speaking, we have a… Continue reading How travelling ‘didn’t’ change me…

Pigeon Island
Sri Lanka

Shark spotting in Nilaveli

After riding a train, hiring a moped, getting a tuk tuk and a taxi, we decided the time for a bus was here and boarded a bus to Trincomalee from Polonnaruwa. The buses here are, in a single word, crazy. They are usually by far the fastest things on the road, constantly beeping, overtaking everything… Continue reading Shark spotting in Nilaveli

Sri Lanka

Hiring a bicycle in Polonnaruwa

From Sigiriya we took a tuk tuk across to Polonnaruwa, one of Sri Lanka's ancient capitals. It was first declared the capital in 1070 by King Vijayabahu. There are many ancient buildings and temples there that were built between 1500 and 800 years ago, most notably, the ones by King Parakramabahu who placed irrigation systems throughout the region… Continue reading Hiring a bicycle in Polonnaruwa

Sri Lanka

Steps in Sigiriya

The train to Sigiriya was long and bumpy, but interesting and fun. We rushed to get there and to get a ticket in time, so didn't have a chance for breakfast, that meant our only option was to sample the on-board snacks. Sellers would get on at one stop and off at the next, walking… Continue reading Steps in Sigiriya

Sri Lanka, Travel

Business class planes to third class trains…

Since my time travelling South East Asia previously, I had the dream to visit Sri Lanka. The Pearl in the Indian Ocean, with lush jungles, stunning beaches, a variety of wildlife and especially delicious food, it seems like a Paradise island! I semi-planned a trip here last year but I waited too long to book… Continue reading Business class planes to third class trains…

Asia, Indonesia, Lombok, Travel

Snapping my ACL climbing Mount Rinjani

From Gili T we took a fast boat to Bangsal on Lombok's main island. We wanted to climb the volcano of Mountain Rinjani as the view from the top is said to be stunning, as well as viewing inside the volcano where there appears to be 'a volcano in a volcano' surrounded by a sulphurous… Continue reading Snapping my ACL climbing Mount Rinjani

Indonesia, Lombok, Travel

Turtles in Gili Trawangan

The fast boat arrived from Padang Bai in to Gili Trawangan (Gili T), one of 3 small flat islands off the coast of Lombok, fairly late in the day. It was funny watching lots of holidaymakers arrive alongside us struggle with their massive suitcases that were not very practical for island living! There was no… Continue reading Turtles in Gili Trawangan