Week 8 at Jamu Spa School | Exam day and visiting Denpasar

Week 8 at Jamu Spa School | Exam day and visiting Denpasar

WOOH, I’M DONE!!! Exam day turned out to be less stressful than I expected and it went mostly smoothly. I was just expected to have a little discussion with the examiner afterward but she left as quickly as she arrived. Ros and Ketut said I did well though and they’re confident I passed. Just gotta wait … Read More

Herbal porridge (Kola Kenda)

Herbal porridge (Kola Kenda)

So this has nothing to do with spa school, massage therapy, Indonesia, or even Bali. But I’ve been spending a considerable amount of time lately reading up about essential oils and other health-related articles. It got me thinking back to when I discovered this herbal porridge in Sri Lanka and loved it! It was great for … Read More

8 little things that defined my trip in Sri Lanka

8 little things that defined my trip in Sri Lanka

Throughout my time in Sri Lanka I noticed some little things that made up my experience and defined my cultural experience there. I’m sure there’s a lot more I encountered but here’s a few on the top of my head! Don’t be fooled thinking there’s a hotel where you see the sign ‘hotel’. It actually refers to … Read More

Top tips for travel in Sri Lanka

Top tips for travel in Sri Lanka

I wasn’t in Sri Lanka very long, just 14 days. But I think it was time enough to have learned some things I would’ve liked to know before going. Hostelworld isn’t as useful. The first time I travelled solo and long-term was over Central Europe and Hostelworld is used widely there. It’s the best way to … Read More

A wrap up of Sri Lanka & my travel costs

A wrap up of Sri Lanka & my travel costs

My 15 days in Sri Lanka is over and now I’m chilling in this hipster-artsy-yogi-tibetan-backpacker-Indian community that is Fort Cochin. Looking back at Sri Lanka, 10-12 days was probably enough for me. But I think if I was travelling with friends I’d have more fun and more things I’d be enlightened to do over more … Read More

Day 14 – Sun, Surf, Snorkelling, and Yoga in Hikkaduwa

Day 14 – Sun, Surf, Snorkelling, and Yoga in Hikkaduwa

Okay I didn’t do the majority of what the title of post says but that’s what Hikkaduwa is all about! I left Unawatuna early and made my way to Hikkaduwa, just 45 mins away, in the hope of finding a hostel at a good price – Again winging it. I’ve had an alright experience winging … Read More

Day 13 – Jungle beach and Galle Fort

Day 13 – Jungle beach and Galle Fort

Unawatuna eventually became my base to explore other beach towns like Mirissa, Tangalla, Hikkaduwa, Galle, and Weligama to name a few. I was sort of feeling beached out but so I thought I’d check out the further end of Unawatuna today then head to Galle Fort after lunch. It was a pretty average day but at … Read More

Day 12 – Doing nothing at Unawatuna beach

Day 12 – Doing nothing at Unawatuna beach

I had no idea what to do this morning but I was feeling a little down. After having spent so much the day before, checking in late, and having a dinner that made me bloated, I just wasn’t up for much. My travel buddy James was certainly keen on doing some scuba diving but I … Read More

Day 11 – Elephant Safari at Uda Walawe national park

Day 11 – Elephant Safari at Uda Walawe national park

This was by far my longest day in Sri Lanka! I was keen to leave Ella and was headed for Galle but I ended up meeting James from California on the bus, went with him to do an elephant safari at Uda Walawe national park, spent longer than expected on 5 different buses to get … Read More

Day 10 – Finally reaching Ella

Day 10 – Finally reaching Ella

Ella was the last place I aimed to visit while in the hill country and it encompassed the second segment of the popular train ride between Kandy and Ella. When I got to Nanu-Oya station the other day I purchased a 1st class reserved ticket to make sure I got a seat but this cost 1000 rupees as opposed to just getting a 2nd or 3rd class on the day for less than 150 odd rupees. But after chatting to a few other travellers I