Packing up the books and heading out on an adventure is an integral part of our mission to ‘un-school’ our girls.
Serving a dual purpose, these escapades provide us with time out from the daily grind and feed our ‘experience bank’…..
Inevitably, we head for waves… ..Time constraints demand a certain amount of planning, but we try keep this to a minimal,
choosing rather to embrace the turns and twists along the path as the discovery process unfolds around us….
Travel of course is an educational experience in itself, opening the mind to different ‘ways of being’ while providing clearer insight and understanding of ‘other’.
Keeping things simple enriches this process; opening doors to spaces and experiences that one might miss out on in a resort like setting with all the standard amenities…..
Sri Lanka contrasts starkly against our current island of residence.
Colorful saris, around free flowing, fleshy mid-drifts, replace deeply modest, monotone abayas. Lush green jungle replace desert dust – creeping along, covering everything in its path.
Sinhalese and spice curl off local tongues and roll into the thick , moist air……opulent in sensory offerings.
It took a moment to adjust to the chaos of the traffic on this teardrop Island.
Brightly painted buses tear along winding coastal roads, dicing tuk-tuks and scooters laden with surfboards and driven by inked youths living ‘travel-freedom’ like only twenty-something year old’s can….
Large, wild water monitors lurk in garden crevices under pungent, dripping orchids and the daily bread van drags one from an afternoon’s shaded siesta with its blaringly inappropriate rendition of – ‘Santa is Coming To Town’, offering tantalizing delights – spicy and sweet.
The Sri Lanka we experienced also came with regular power cuts, water shortages and at times, exposed sewers underlined by a limited if not defunct refuse collection system. But at every turn the forgiving jungle creeps along, covering up…..
We made our way past rice paddies and water buffalo,
Buddhist temples and tea-plantations.
We explored ancient forts with cobble-stone streets where historic communities continue to honour the practices of their past behind decorative doors.
Lace makers, snake charmers and sun worshipers, cinnamon farmers and fisherman. Easy traveling with friendly, welcoming people,
and at every turn,
the jungle….the ocean….the jungle….the ocean….the jungle.
1st Quarter 2016 – Celebrating Family Travel Adventure and the Tropical Island of Sri Lanka, its Ocean, its Jungle like setting and its friendly people.