Birding in Bundala

Do you remember the moment you realised you had turned into your parents? No? Then it hasn’t happened to you yet, but trust us – it’s coming. For us this damning revelation came when we were in Sri Lanka, in leopard spotting territory when we read that there are 441 species of birds of which…

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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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Quaint Quebec

Day 7: part two After one of the most expensive train journeys we’ve ever been on, we arrived in Quebec City at dusk. Taking one quick look at the almost vertical hill that Google Maps advised we climb with our 23kg++ backpacks we decided to Uber it to our AirBnB for the next two nights…

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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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