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For as long as I can remember, my father has told stories about his summer-after-college backpacking adventure through Europe. I grew up hearing tale after tale of inviting hostels, friendly strangers, and exhilarating overnight train rides, all from “that summer in Europe.” When my parents moved my family to Germany when I was fourteen, I
For my ever-so-slightly neurotic mother, Sri Lanka was a place, incidentally identical to the rest of Asia, comprised of a dynamic mix of poverty, disease, tsunamis, war, poor sanitation, wild animals, and barbaric, dangerous men….a perfect destination for rapid weight loss followed by rape, malaria, and my eventual death
The oldest tree in the world is showing its age. It’s been tended to by an uninterrupted succession of guardians for over 2,000 years, but what remains of the Sri Maha Bodhi (the “sacred Bodhi tree”) is a large branch supported by a golden railing, surrounded by a protective and sacred temple.
As a lone woman travelling to the South of Sri Lanka, Galle Fort offers a welcome respite from the type of hectic environment typically associated with the country’s other towns and cities. Hailed as a hub for culture, arts, and crafts, visitors can marvel at the eclectic clash of Dutch, Portuguese, and British monuments set against a backdrop of Sri Lanka’s distinct essence.
I caved. I swear I had no intention of stopping for a snack, but I decided I did in fact want to be the girl who has eaten at a McDonald’s in eight countries. Maybe not something to extensively blog – I mean brag – about, but it’s a traveling quirk that maybe will come up in dinner conversation