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Weekend 1 in Sri Lanka

Friday night
The goal for the weekend was to climb Adam’s Peak, a mountain several hours south of Kandy. It’s good for doing sunrise hikes so Friday night we traveled there and stayed in a hotel near the base of the mountain.

The other volunteers got up at 2:30 to climb the mountain but I stayed back. I hadn’t eaten much on Friday and still felt pretty weak from being sick so I decided not to climb it. They got back around 9. We wanted to get the train back to Kandy. It’s supposed to be a really beautiful train journey. We couldn’t book seats in advance so we had to buy them at the train station. That meant that we weren’t guaranteed a seat. The train ended up being really busy so we stood the whole way. It was only about 2.5 hours but the ride was really bumpy. The train was packed with people. There were several venders on the train who would walk back and forth yelling the name of whatever food they were trying to sell. There wasn’t much room in the train so they would have to push past you every time they walked up and down the train car. There was also a group of people who had brought a drum with them and sometimes they would randomly start singing and drumming which was pretty cool. I didn’t see out the window much because it was crowded and we were standing but we passed a lot of waterfalls. Here’s some pictures of the train station because I didn’t take any pictures on the train.

On Sunday me and several other volunteers decided to go on a safari. We took a 3 hour taxi ride. Then a Jeep picked us up and took us to a national park in Sri Lanka. I’m not sure what it’s called. We saw so many wild Asian elephants. It was so cool. It was really different than seeing them up close or in a zoo. It was a lot more breathtaking to see them with their herd. We probably saw 75-100 wild elephants which was so cool. I have much better pictures on my camera but I won’t be able to get those pictures until I get home. Here’s a few that I took with my phone.

Posted by Ilana'sGapYear 09:19 Archived in Sri Lanka

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Hope this finds you feeling better
The scenery is spectacular and the Buddas are a constant reminder of the religious culture.
I think you had better observation of the wild elephants than people who go on safari in Africa.
I am crossing durian off my list of exotic foods. The appearance reminded me of babaco in Israel which I did not enjoy.
Keep exploring, Love Zaide

by Mark Satz

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