Four Blissful days in Dhigurah

I still remember when my mum turned 40. I was 10. I didn’t really get why it was a big deal, but I knew it wasn’t a normal birthday. Afterall, it’s not every birthday where you throw a party and invite all the guests to write messages in marker on the bathroom wall. It’s a milestone event.

As I mentioned in a previous post, with a milestone birthday on the horizon for Katy (of an unknown number), she decided she wanted to tick a few items off her bucket list. As a reminder she had three in particular in mind:

  1. Pay off our mortgage
  2. Swim with whale sharks
  3. Go to the Maldives and celebrate in an overwater villa

So that’s how we found ourselves in the Maldives.

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Suba Aluth Auruddak Wewa – Happy New Year

Our first day of 2019 was our last full day in Sri Lanka. Our itinerary for the day was unfortunately car heavy and took us from Udawalawe National Park south to Mirissa. From there we followed the coast west and then north back to Negombo to catch our flight to the Maldives the next morning. Fortunately we had a few stops along the way to break up the day and stretch our legs.

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Wait… is that palm tree on fire?

One of the nice things about staying in Ella is that you can easily get to a number of hiking trails and things to see that can be easily accessed. One of them is a hike up Little Adam’s Peak which is how we started our fourth day in Sri Lanka.

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Visiting the home of Ceylon tea

Day 3 of our Sri Lankan adventure was supposed to start with with abseiling down a waterfall. Unfortunately, the reality on the ground was that getting to said waterfall was too far out of the way for us to make the rest of the stops on our packed tour.

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A golden temple, magic plants and a sacred tooth

Because this was our first big trip without Ella in years, and because Sri Lanka was an add-on to our trip to the Maldives, Katy put together a pretty packed itinerary. In our 5 days we are covering what most would typically do in two weeks.

Having travelled from Negombo (outside Colombo) to Dambulla – the most northern point of our trip – on our first day, our second day saw us go south toward Kandy.

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Our fast-paced tour of Sri Lanka Begins

With a milestone birthday approaching, Katy had three things she wanted to accomplish: 1) pay off the mortgage, 2) swim with whale sharks, and 3) go to the Maldives. Since she was kind enough to support me as I launched a startup this past year, objective one has been delayed so we decided to take care of the other two.

But wait, you say, the subject line here says Sri Lanka. WTF?

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Cappadocia – Fairies, Monks and More

What’s the worst that could happen on a one hour flight with a 4 month old? An hour of frantic screaming and a lot of angry people on a plane. At least that’s what we were afraid of as we got ready for Ella’s second ever flight that would take us to Cappadocia.

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Hopping Around Istanbul

After a great first day in Istanbul we wanted to get a sense for the size of the city and hit some of the spots that aren’t within walking distance of our hotel.

With Ella on the team it’s not as easy to move around and we’re limited to a shorter day. With that in mind we decided to use a mode of transportation that we seem to have developed a taste for, hop-on hop-off buses. We first tried them in Chicago and Boston where they were a part of some packages. We also used them to get around Malta. So, when we saw them waiting across from Hagia Sophia, we figured we would give it a shot here in Istanbul.

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Ella Takes Istanbul

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to travel with a celebrity?

One thing we didn’t anticipate about travelling with Ella is her celebrity status. Who knew that at 4 months old she would be so popular with the Turks.

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