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A day in Sri Lanka

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It’s #traveltuesday my friends. Dare I say my favourite day of the week because I get to go through all of my travel memories and choose my favourites to share with you. Travel is my most favourite luxury…give me travel over diamonds or clothing or perfume…ALL.DAY.LONG. I was fortunate to do a lot of travelling in my late 20s and early 30s when I was living in Dubai and working as a flight attendant. I have loved photography since high school, learning about photography on my dad’s old Olympus 35mm and taking photos for the school yearbook. However, travel was the spark that started the “photography fire” within me, followed by the birth of my daughter…and then I couldn’t be stopped. Photography became an obsession.

These photos were taken in 2007 on a layover in Sri Lanka. I met up a with a dear friend & fellow flight attendant in Colombo and travelled to a Buddhist temple in Kandy to visit with her friend, who just happened to be a monk. (She had met him in Sri Lanka while volunteering with clean up following the 2004 tsunami). We arrived to the temple late at night and were offered a place to sleep in the room used as the office of the temple. Early the next morning, we were woken (far too early – haha) by the young boys who lived at the temple, training as monks. We were served a breakfast of curry and rice…mild by their standards but VERY SPICY by mine (and I can stand some spice)…but it was delicious nonetheless. Together, we all piled into a car driven by a friend and set off towards sigiriya, an ancient rock fortress & UNESCO world heritage site.  

I am forever grateful for this experience thanks to my dear friend. I mean, how often do you get to hang out with monks for the day?

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