I was going through the pictures on my iPhone the other day, and found a few candid shots I took while we were in Sri Lanka. They are nothing special, just a few little tidbits I captured during our trip. Enjoy!
This is called a tuk tuk. There are millions of these little micro-tricycles all around Sri Lanka. Since gas is so expensive, they are the most popular form of transportation in the country (2nd is a moped). They operate on a little 50cc engine and get good gas mileage. We rode these all over place and they are super cheap! A 5 minute ride would cost about $0.50. The fun thing about them . . . . each one is personally decorated by the owner! There was a variety of colors, advertisements, posters, sound systems, etc. I would always pick the “coolest” looking one before we would hop in with the driver.
In Sri Lanka, they drive on the left hand side of the road. It is always a little weird getting used to at first, but luckily we didn’t do the driving.
This was the sound system in one of the tuk tuks we rode in. The driver was about 20 years old, and OBSESSED with Tupac! He decorated his entire tuk tuk in memory of him. There were posters, paintings, stickers, and all kinds of other stuff. Being Mr. Obvious that I am, I asked him, “Do you Tupac?” He smiled and responded, “You like?” After I nodded “yes,” he pumped up the sound system and we listened to “California Love” bumping through the speakers for the rest of our ride!
This was the main road through the town of Unawatuna. It is about the width of an alley back in the States. When a car would come down the street, everyone would have to pack to one side of the street so that it could pass. This is also a good view of all the tuk tuks lined along the roads.
Here is a cool panorama picture I took at Jungle Beach. It is located on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, about a 15 minute tuk tuk ride from Unawatuna. You have to hike down a dirt path for about 15 minutes to reach the beach. It was a super nice beach, and very quiet compared to Unawatuna Beach.
This sign was posted outside a small surfer bar in Unawatuna called Koha Surf Cafe & Lounge. It was one of my favorite places, because they didn’t have any tables to sit at. Instead you took your shoes off, and climbed into like a king sized bed. There tons of cushions and pillows, and you just made yourself comfy there. A super hippy place, just how I like it! I took advantage of the “free smiles” but didn’t want a hug.
These little rigs were all over the streets and highways in Sri Lanka! they basically took the front end of a large garden tiller, put bigger tires on it, and attached a homemade trailer to ride around in. I think they did it because it is so much cheaper to operate that little gas engine, rather than buying a pickup truck.
I know it’s 2015, and there is free wifi virtually EVERYWHERE . . . . . however I still get pumped when a place offers it. I usually keep my excitement to myself. However one night when we were looking for a place to chill at, I blurted out, “let’s go here, there’s free wifi!” Rachel and our friends gave me a look of, “really dude? You get that excited over free wifi?” Of course, from that point forward, it became the joke of our trip every time we saw another sign advertising free wifi!
One of our favorite things about Sri Lanka was all of the fresh seafood! Just about everyday for dinner, one of us was enjoying a plate full of fresh (and cheap) seafood. All along the southern coast of the country, you would see these little fish stands on the side of the road. The fisherman would literally park their boat on the beach, and unload their daily catch at their stand.
During our time in Unawatuna, we had a chef come to our chalet to make us breakfast. Everyday he said we were going to have sausage. We quickly realized that the word “sausage” in Sri Lanka was not the greasy, fatty, pork that we so desired. Instead it was a grilled Oscar Meyer hot dog that tasted like it was grilled the night before, then microwaved before breakfast. Yuck!
There was so many fruit stands along the roadways too! There were so many different kinds of exotic fresh fruit you could buy for a couple of nickels. Our favorites were the mangos, papaya, bananas, coconuts, passion fruit, and pineapple.
Our favorite place in Unawatuna was the Kingfisher Hotel & Restaurant. They had the best food, best service, and was just a super nice place. One night we were all sitting on the beach for dinner, when Rachel excused herself to the bathroom. Moments later she returned with a look of disblief on her face! She stumbled for the proper words to describe what she had just encountered . . . . a dog in the women’s bathroom! Apparently, she opened the door and started walking into the dark bathroom when she heard a dog growling. She JUMPED back, turned my iPhone’s flashlight on, and realized there was a dog snuggling up to the toilet! So she did what any tourist would do . . . . SHE TOOK A PICTURE! (then used the men’s restroom).