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Sri Lanka

Mounting Adam’s Peak

Adam’s peak – also known locally as Sri Pada – is the most sacred mountain in Sri Lanka. However, while everyone else climbs it for pilgrimage purposes – or under the erroneous, yet wildly-held assumption that getting to the top of mountains makes your dick bigger – I decided to do it because I have … Continue reading »

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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi: World’s Oldest Planted Tree

I know I just wrote about how I don’t give a crap about religious sites, but I happen to be a huge tree fan. The Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi was grown from a cutting of the original Bodhi tree, under which Buddha sat and from where he gained enlightenment. While the Indian original has since died … Continue reading »

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The Road to Pasikuda Beach

“So you’re one of the crazy ones,” that Slovakian girl said over breakfast. “India is full of people like you.” I looked down at my mug of Ceylon (Sri Lankan) tea swimming with boiled ants and their eggs, now never to hatch. Did I kill them? Had they been on the tea bag? Or in … Continue reading »

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Not a Post about the Temple of the Tooth, Kandy

Dropped at the shabby old colonial train station, I bought a selection of samosas – big fat, crispy spicy motherfuckers, not like the little, wet, flat kind filled with a smidge of green mulch you get from Iceland and such supermarkets back home – for a matter of pence. I got a train to Kandy … Continue reading »

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On the Road Again…in Sri Lanka

Out of the darkness came suddenly thousands of sparkling fairy lights, twinkling on and off as the plane slid by, giving the impression of houses and streetlights amidst dense jungle, because why else would they flicker like that if not flitting between trees and vegetation? But really I never knew what I was looking at … Continue reading »

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