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This is the place to start – a site log.

Good day one and all and thank you so much for visiting my site here about my various travels both near and far and my musings on just about everything.  If you wish to read my latest entries please go to the one immediately below this and work back as they go in reverse order (most recent to oldest) from there.  Alternatively, if you wish to search for something in particular then please use the search panel in the upper right corner.

I have owned this site since January 2018 and have been working very hard trying to resurrect writings from long ago which were previously on other websites.

Eventually I have worked out how to pin (I believe that is the techie term) this page so it remains at the top of my list of entries. I have decided that the only way for me to keep any vague semblance of order is to backdate the entries of my various trips to the relevant dates which may make them hard to find and so I am creating this page to assist you – hopefully! I shall keep you informed below of completed travelogues and those under construction.  Please do read on for the latest offerings. Continue reading “This is the place to start – a site log.”

I go to the gardens – SL#45.

Hello once again and thank you for your continuing interest in this series of posts which deal with my first trip to Sri Lanka in 2014. I say continuing interest although I know there may be some of you who have landed upon this page by way of some sort of internet search on a particular term and so I shall offer my usual advice that if you want to read the entire piece from the beginning then you should begin here. It is a long read but I hope it is an interesting one for you.

If you have been following or have just read through then you will know that I was in Kandy and enjoying it hugely. It is at this point that matters become somewhat synchronous as they so often seem to do with my travels.

In writing terms, I have now entered March 2021 which marks one year exactly of pandemic house arrest, be it self-imposed, medically required or more usually Governmentally dictated. Sadly, I now live in a police state where ill-debated measures have given the constabulary virtually unlimited powers that Stalin, Pol Pot or Hitler would have admired. If you want to see what happens on my trip in much happier times then please read on.

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Chilli craziness and dervish dancing – SL#44.

Welcome back once again to yet another post in my series about my 2014 trip to Sri Lanka, the first of several to that wonderful country which was not historically called Serendip for nothing as it is indeed a “happy or beneficial” place to visit as per the dictionary definition of the word serendipity.

I write welcome back but I should not overlook readers who have happened, dare I say it serendipitously, upon this page? If you are such then I bid you welcome and would suggest that if you wish to learn about the whole adventure, or such it was, then you can begin here.

There will be a few days in this post where I did not take many images (especially the dancing which thankfully I videoed) which does not indicate a lack of anything happening but rather that I was just immersing myself in Sri Lankan life. If you want to know how then please read on.

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Menus and Museums – SL#43.

Good day and a very warm welcome again to another post in the series dedicated to my trip to Sri Lanka in January – April 2014 which has become quite extensive as you can see. Should you wish to read the entire piece from the beginning, you can do so here.

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Heffalump Heaven – SL#42.

Hello everyone and welcome again to another post in my Sri Lanka 2014 series which covered a three month trip from January to April of that year. It has been quite a series of posts as the sequential number in the title indicates and if you want to read the entire piece you can do so here.

In the previous post my mate Jo and I had spent an interesting if slightly sombre day visiting the recently de-commissioned Bogambara Prison in Kandy, which I hope you enjoyed, and I also promised you a magical day for this post so if you want to find out about it then please read on.

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Banged up in Bogambara – SL#41.

Hello once more and a welcome as always to another post in this series about my three month trip to the fantastic country of Sri Lanka between January and April 2014. Obviously in that period of time I got to see and do quite a lot and if you want to read about the whole trip from the beginning you can do so here.

Regular readers will know that I left you in Kandy last time after a fairly extensive day’s sightseeing so I spent the 25th March just hanging about my hotel, drinking beer, chatting to the owner and the cook who were quickly becoming good friends and generally relaxing.

The one productive thing I did was to arrange a day out with my friend Jo for the next day where we planned a special excursion and if you want to know what it was then please read on.

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Culture in Kandy (2) – SL#40.

Greetings to everyone once again whether you are one of my very valued regular readers or have just come upon this page by some other means. If you fall into the latter category I should tell you that this is, unbelievable as it seems to me, the 40th post in a series about my first trip to Sri Lanka in early 2014. If you would like to read the whole story from the beginning, you can do it here.

If you have read the previous post you will know that I left you in a bookshop in central Kandy and had broken the narrative to avoid the post becoming too long. There is still lots more to see on this wonderful day’s walk so if you’d like to hear about it then please read on.

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Culture in Kandy (1) – SL#39.

Hello again and welcome to another post in my Sri Lanka 2014 series, my first visit to that wonderful country. A quick word as always to tell new readers that if you want to read the whole story from the beginning, you can do so here.

This is a busy day so get yourself comfortable and please do read on.

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Just a quickie – SL#38.

Hello yet again and welcome to another post in this ever-expanding series concerning my first trip to Sri Lanka which happened in January – April 2014 and my usual quick word of advice to new readers that if they wish to read the entire piece they can do so here.

Regular readers will know that I had eventually managed to get out of the amazing village of Ella where I had become becalmed for rather a long time and thoroughly enjoyed being so. Under threat of very dire consequences by my dear friend Jo, who was staying in Kandy at the time and who I had promised to hook up with, I had finally made it to Kandy in the Central Highlands and if you want to know what happens next, please read on.

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I finally get a move on – SL#37.

Good day to you all once again and welcome to yet another post in the series concerning my three month trip to Sri Lanka in early 2014 which by now was turning into an incredible journey with much more to come.

If you wish to read the whole piece from the beginning then you should go here.

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I get steamed (again)! – SL#36.

Greetings everybody and welcome to another post in a series about my first of three trips to Sri Lanka. I undertook this one in January – March 2014 and which seems like a world away now that I am under virus house arrest. I know that almost everybody reading this will be suffering the same to a greater or lesser degree and I do sincerely hope you have not been too badly affected. These are difficult times.

A quick word for anyone who has just discovered this post and may be brave or foolish enough to wish to read the whole saga from the beginning, you can do so here.

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