So this is a super late post, but better late than never, right?
For a week in September, I had the opportunity to visit Sri Lanka with my husband and spend some quality time with family. For those of you who don’t know, Sri Lanka is a beautiful, tiny island, located just south of India. It’s rich with biodiversity and culture, and is just rebuilding itself after years of civil war. I was born in Sri Lanka, but unfortunately had to leave when I was just 2 years old, escaping the horrors of the war. My parent’s made that choice wanting a safe environment for us to grow up in. But I have always wondered what my life would have been like if we never left the island.
This was my husband’s first visit to Sri Lanka, and he was in love with it’s beauty and simplicity. He enjoyed the laid back life style up north and we made some pretty amazing memories.
Here are a few pictures from our adventures:
We arrived in Colombo, where we spent a beautiful day at Galle Face beach before heading up north to Jaffna.
My family is from a little town called “Nelliady”. This is a section of farm land behind my aunt’s house in Nelliady.
Nallur Temple, in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.
We visited the Jaffna Fort, which is an old fort built by the Portugese and was used by many throughout the years.
There were horseshoe footprints embedded in the stone at the top of the fort. It was a surreal feeling, knowing that we were walking on the same paths as soldiers on horses once did, guarding the fort.
The walls of the fort were covered in bullet holes in some areas.
Sunset view from the top of the Jaffna Fort.
One of my favourite thing about Sri lanka is the wildlife. They are literally EVERHWERE! This little guy made itself a home in my aunt’s bathroom, under the bathtub.
The island is surrounded by beautiful, blue waters.
Nagapoosani Amman Temple, in Nainathivu, Jaffna.
I am always fascinated by the architectures of spiritual places. The amount of detail that goes into it is amazing.
Another beautiful place we visited in Nainathivu was the Nagadeepaya Buddhist Temple.
I don’t know what bird this is, but there were many of them flying around the farmland.
A wild iguana sitting atop the neighbours fence.
Tapioca leaves in my aunt’s garden.
Some crows enjoying an afternoon dip in the irrigation waters.
My grandparent’s fruit and vegetable farm.
My grandfather and nephews burning trash. This is not a very good method of waste disposal, but unfortunately this is all they know.
Many farms were surrounded by beautiful weaved fences, such as this one.
A cattle egret in flight, taken on our drive back to the airport in Colombo.