Sri Lanka

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Things which strike me most about Sri Lanka:

it is an island :), the wilderness, water all around, wildlife, buddhism, cleanliness, amount of car part shops along the roads (you can buy half a car there if you need one), good driving, colonial legacy, tamil tigers, the 26 year long war, stupas, king coconuts and elephants munching on them, cashews, spice gardens, vegetation, giant bamboos, floods and landslides, jack fruits, leopards, coconut spoons, rice'n'curry, tips and how you HAVE TO pay them, tea plantations and how locals can't buy good tea, temple flowers, 'don't turn your back on Buddha', elephant orphanages, Sigiriya, Galle fort which stood the tsunami while the rest of the city was flooded, coconuts and how sri lankans can make anything out of them, peraheras, sapphires, how tea never grew here before the 19th century, pineapples with salt and chilli - yum!, cinnamon trees, sinhala language with its 58 letters alphabet, sri lankan saris, Buddhas tooth, the rhythms - the drumming and the traditional music, lotuses and violet water lilies, monkeys, hand painted batiks, wood carving, rainbow tree, the landscape - the colour and texture always fascinate and capture me, the grass always seems greener!

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DIY :)

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fisherman

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so good with salt and chilli

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adrenaline rush

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they are pink, I'm telling you!

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a stupa and temple flowers

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lying Buddha

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Sri Lanka getting flooded, swimming by car

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Dambulla

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flowers brought to Buddha's tooth relic

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yes, those are elephant tusks

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and a pot of chilli

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Kandy

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floods and landslides

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in the rain they won't be caught together. rainy day is the best time for unmarried couples

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the orchid, which smells like chocolate

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cameleon

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Nuwara Eliya

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where Lipton and Dilmah are born

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tea plantations

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water buffalos

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these are the wild ones :)

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see you later?...

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Sri Lanka is known as one of the biggest leopard habitats

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the streets of Galle

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saving the whale

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good mix

Photos by Olga & Arek

7 comments:

Juanita Tortilla said...

Sigh. Looks really wonderful.
A Sinhalese friend of mine tells me how beautiful Sri Lanka is. I believe her, and if only I could see it for myself!

Katta said...

Amazing photos!! Wants to travel when I see it. Have a nice saturday! Katta

Wini said...

Hi Olga, What an incredible series of photos!! So much colour, culture and inspiration. Its so great to see it through your eyes. I'd love to travel there one day! I sent you an email in answer to the question your left on my blog. Have a lovely week! Wini xo

Μαριανα said...

I have to agree with all the commentators!! Great colors, I would love to smell the scent in every scene :)

Paralelo Longe said...

Hi Olga,
The photos are absolutly amazing and (as you know) I was expecting to see these pictures very much. I assure you that I did not became a bit dissapointed...by the contrary. I really intend to go there!. Your trip must have been quite rich enjoying this different culture and the enormous quantity of wild life you could shoot. What do you mean by: "rainy day is the best time for unmarried couples" ? Well, I assure you that married couples also enjoy A LOT those indicent rainy days, laying cozy at the fire place or just hanging around, so... we old people also enjoy those charming moments :)
Loved the picture of the cameleon, so well defined with such beautiful vivid colors. With your "reportage" you made me even more interested in Sri Lanka. Big Hugs, TI

Olga said...

Ti, thanks so much for the comment :) I assure you I didn't mean in any way to discriminate married couples by that note. What I mean is it's untypical in many Asian countries to hold hands or demonstrate any other signs of affection in public - especially if you are not married. So we were not surprised to find all those couples hiding in the botanical garden in the POURING rain. There was literally no one else there expect for those couples :)

I Love Sri Lanka said...

Hello Olga, your photos are simply breathtaking... I just want to ask you if you wish to share them on my page? :) if you interested, please contact me on info@iluvsrilanka.net Looking forward to your reply.