Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa: the impossible journey?

So, you’ve just spent a few special days relaxing on the beaches of Uppuveli or Nilaveli and are readying yourself for taking in the sites of Polonnaruwa. Only one thing stands in your way: the journey there! This was a conundrum we faced and we’re afraid to say there is no easy way to get…

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A battle of two cities: Anuradhapura vs Polonnaruwa

Many visitors to Sri Lanka only have time to take in either Anuradhapura or Polonnaruwa. Luckily for us, with the luxury of a whole month to explore Sri Lanka we were able to take in both. In our opinion, Polo would win hands down in a battle between the two ancient capitals. So, if you only…

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Anuradhapura: the intrepid travelling commences

Having made it from the UK to Canada to Colombo with relative ease, we finally kicked off the full backpackers’ experience with a train journey to Anuradhapura. This was a bit of the shock to the system; buying the train tickets alone required some serious commitment (and patience!). Nonetheless, we managed to secure ourselves seats…

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Colombo: 10 things we love about you

Most tourists seem to skip Colombo altogether, flying in and heading straight for Negombo or further afield. Travellers, our guidebook and locals had all told us there was nothing worth hanging around for. Poo-pooing the naysayers, we spent several days in the city, and decided that we rather liked it. Here’s a few things to check…

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Colombo: the beginning of our Asia adventure

When we said goodbye to Sim’s family at the airport in Montreal we realised that, from this moment on, we were truly on our own undertaking a mammoth adventure. It was both an unnerving and exhilarating feeling; perhaps this is how one feels before leaping off a bungee jump platform? 24 hours later, and having…

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The Mega Adventure

To mark the end of Simran’s PhD we’re taking a brief hiatus from hectic London life to backpack around Asia for six months; on a journey of self-discovery. Having dusted off the old DofE kit, packed our rucksacks, prodded by countless injections, we are off to Canada (congrats Matt & Robyn), Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar…

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