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Week 7 (Week 2 in Sri Lanka)

Not as much to report from this week. My project in Sri Lanka was temple painting so that’s what we did all week. We painted a Buddhist temple near where we were staying. There are some young Buddhist monks who live there. They are so kind and peaceful. They made tea and lunch for us every day. We had tea time around 10 and lunch at 12 so we were eating plenty. After work we usually went into Kandy. We take the public bus to and from the temple so instead of getting off at the placement on the way back we would take the bus straight into the city. It’s much cheaper than a Tuk Tuk. Here’s some pictures of the temple because it’s so beautiful. There’s also a picture of our coordinator and the group we went to the temple with (except for Phoebe because she was sick that day!)
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In Kandy we found a cool cafe called Cafe Secret Alley. It’s definitely made for tourists but they made amazing smoothie bowls! It was fun to go to and super cute.
On Friday night, my last night in Kandy, Morgan and I went out to a nice dinner. We went to a place called Skylounge which is at the center of Kandy and has an amazing view of the whole city. Here’s some pictures of the view because it really was amazing.
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Weekend
My plane left at 1am Monday morning so I had both Saturday and Sunday free. I went with Morgan, and several other volunteers I’d met, to Negombo which is a city right next to the airport but on the beach. We got up early Saturday morning to take the bus at 6:25am. We got to Negombo around 11 and checked into our hotel (which was super nice!!!!). The beds at the accommodation were pretty bad so we were so excited to have a nice mattress to sleep on. We pretty much went straight to the beach. We read our books and relaxed. The water was a bit too rough to swim so we just cooled down occasionally by putting our feet in the water. We got lunch nearby and spent the rest of the day on the beach. For dinner we met up with the other volunteers who were there. 3 of them chose to stay at a 5 star hotel which was way out of our price range, and another chose to stay at a much cheaper hostel. On Sunday Morgan and I went swimming in the pool, ate breakfast, and walked to the main street to do some gift shopping. Morgan left after that because she had another 2 weeks of volunteering. I went back to the hotel to grab my backpack and headed over to the 5 star hotel to meet up with the other volunteers. One of them, Sasha, was flying out around the same time as me which was nice because we were able to head to the airport together. We tried to go swimming at their hotel but they wouldn’t allow us so we went to the beach again. We got a nice lunch and then went back to shower. Sasha and I wanted to get a henna before leaving. We went to a small shop and they told us to come back at 7. When we came back there was no one there which was weird and a bit of a bummer. We ended up getting a nice dinner nearby and then headed back to the hotel to get our stuff and go to the airport. Here’s some pictures from the beach in Negombo.
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Monday
(I know, I’m including Monday in the entry from last week but... in Thailand their weekend is Sunday and Monday)
I flew first to Bangkok but because it was raining there I ended up missing my connecting flight to Chiang Rai. That was crazy and stressful but I figured it out and was able to get a flight for later that day.

Hopefully this weekend (Monday) I’ll be able to post about my first week in Thailand!

Posted by Ilana'sGapYear 03:06 Archived in Sri Lanka

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