Seeking Sri Lanka
The whimsical awakening of each morning brought a sense of positivity, calmness and tranquility as Sandra and Peter rose to the sound of birds and waves in Sri Lanka.
The early March trip took place as a subtle way of escapism with a goal to embark on a journey of leisurely enjoyment and to discover the sights, senses and serenity that the East Asian territory has to offer.
The experience always starts before even reaching the destination, and this trip was no exception - even the traveling portion of the adventure was exciting and as luxurious as could be, courtesy of nonetheless, Emirates airline.
When arriving in Weligama, the southern province of Sri Lanka (translated to ‘sandy village’), surfing was on the top of the checklist. As the area is situated on land that is elevated 9 meters above sea level, it’s no wonder the views were even more breathtaking than imaginable with endless palm trees and monstrous patches of greenery that went as far and wide as the eye could see.
Traditional Sri Lankan breakfasts, such as arrays of fruit platters, were served with vibes of excitement and curiosity, followed by egg dishes and rice desserts. Savoring the delicacies of the land was of great pleasure as Jaggery was a favorite – made from the products of sugarcane and the toddy palm tree that are used to sweeten foods and beverages naturally and traditionally.
To fully enjoy the lustrous and almost fictive sunrises, waking at 6am daily was a must to breathe in the sea air and fill the mind with positive speculations. The sunsets were also remarkably filled with lush clouds of vibrant pink and orange hues, lasting long enough to savor, but short enough to keep looking forward to the next one. With the warm seaside just steps away, constant trips to the beach were anticipated and relished as they surfed the beaches, soaked up the atmosphere and enjoyed the Ceylon café, which had reminded them of healthy and delectable Swedish and Aussie style cafes they had visited in the past.
To continue seeking the untouched beauty of Sri Lanka, the couple boarded a hydroplane en route to the Central Province of Kandy. Visits to Batik factories were great opportunities to learn about the untouched tradition and handmade techniques of fabric composition. Originating from Ancient Egypt, Batik today is a booming industry within East-Asian countries. With a focus on producing a range of colors and designs by applying hot wax onto textiles of cotton or silk cloth, these timeless approaches can be even more fascinating for one involved within the fashion industry. Being exposed to places of such magnitude allows us to inform and educate ourselves about everyday activities that we’re open to, but not so often take time to imagine the story behind them.
With the trip coming to a close, the journey back home felt more like an extension of the adventure, rather than an ending. The Emirates lounge gave a welcoming impression while waiting to board. Not to mention the food served on the plane was a refreshing touch and twist of Mediterranean treats while enjoying the serenity of Business class heading back to Budapest.