Category Archives: Journey

Ah! Home is wherever I am with you :) Travels & adventures, radical self-love & radical inclusion, shared with loved ones on the same planet, with sometimes the same dreams, them caravan dreams…

Tori Amos. Denver, July 27, 2014

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So I watched Tori Amos in Denver last Sunday. I had waited a dream-time for this.

Mia & Aspen

Mia & Aspen

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to ශ්‍රී ලංකාව Sri Lanka :)

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Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. Heaven

I hope this long post makes up for my long absence 🙂 Scenic landscapes, tropical trees, wilderness, wild flowers, a variety of animals you constantly see here & there. What is also striking about Sri Lanka is how you don’t feel like a stranger at all, the way everyone greets you, smiles at you, asks you how you are. Yes, the simplicity of living. Except of course when you run into the few who ask you for a higher rate since that what all tourists everywhere go through? Sometimes it’s fun, sometimes innerving, but mostly you feel like a walking dollar bill 🙂 Enjoy this, and make sure you watch the home-made with love footage at the very bottom!

Sri Lanka’s beauty is beyond words. Makes one dissolve into nature. Amazingly breathtaking nature, feels like the trees are whispering ageless secrets to one another, blessing us with their timeless presence. The modesty that this brings out in me is beyond description. The silence and respect it imposes are beyond words.

Indian Paintbrush (Sri Lanka)

Here it is again, the Indian Paintbrush, a wildflower we love!

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Lotus, Anuradhapura

The hot climate, the green colors & the wealthy vegetation & tea plantations bring peace to the eyes, and comfort to self. The Indian Ocean, and the gratitude for being there, in this godly land, divine in beauty. In Sri Lanka, even the clouds looks like angels & birds around here, scents of  incense & burning goods invade your head… so do sunrises & sunsets 🙂

Wilderness Sunrise - Uda Walawe - Sri Lanka

Wilderness Sunrise ~ Uda Walawe

Tea Plantation Sunrise - Hatton - Sri Lanka

Tea Plantation ~ Sunrise ~ Hatton

 

Tea Plantation Sunrise - Hatton - Sri Lanka

Tea Plantation ~ Sunrise ~ Hatton

Sunset - Colombo - Sri Lanka

Sunset ~ Colombo

Trincomalee - Sri Lanka

Meet the Sun. Trincomalee

 

You gaze out there amazed at the beautiful nature untouched and unharmed by the hand of man.  There is nothing more beautiful than the wild & free animals, to see them in their elements, to see the peace they shine, the extraordinary energy special to them at their best. And how the big & wild animals always have a bird (or two) for a companion, truly magical. I caught myself wishing love & healing to all those fascinating animals who are in captivity, wishing a happy & fair turn of events.

Desert Flower, a minute of contemplation

one minute of contemplation 🙂

Crying Elephant - Sri Lanka

Crying Elephant – Sri Lanka

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What if the dogs roaming the streets were a rebirth of former human beings? Their gaze is always pensive, they stare into our eyes in such peace & connectivity. Whether in Thailand, or in Sri Lanka, people refer to them here as ‘the guardians of the temple’, and I for one find them perfect for the mission 🙂

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Sri Lanka’s beauty is beyond words. Makes one want to dissolve into nature, and surrender to peace.

Adam's Peak - Sri Pada - Sri Lanka

Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak)

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The sun reveals all truths. The heat cleanses the body & soul. Warm clear waters revealing mesmerizing corals and magnificent underwater life. Spent 4 heavenly days in heavenly Trincomalee, with sweet people, who made me feel at home. To see the beauty our eyes beheld please watch the home-made footage Sri Lanka or the face of God, here.

Buddha on the beach - Trincomalee

Buddha on the beach, Trincomalee

Shark jaw, Trincomalee

What looks to be a shark jaw, on display in Trincomalee

I can’t help wonder how we got so far out in harming our nature, in my own country and worldwide. In Sri Lanka, people save their trees, when they need to make a road, or a residence, they unroot their trees to reposition and replant them, yes they do…!  They don’t just sacrifice them for concrete. A harmonious coexistence between Nature & Man. Man cares and respects Mother Nature, and Nature takes care of her children by providing an abundance of food, water, and animal life. Almost everything there is Nature oriented. The houses, the cars, the services, facilities, essentials.

Here are some more snaps!

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Local women, Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak)

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Butterfly, Adam’s Peak

Tea plantation, Sri Lanka

Local women, collecting tea leaves

Rain & Tea, SriLanka

Rain over tea plantations

Collecting Tea SriLanka

Local women collecting tea leaves

Collecting Tea SriLanka

Local women collecting tea leaves

Sarath, driver, Sri Lanka

Sarath

Stick fisherman, Sri Lanka

& of course, the amazing stick fisherman!

Fishermen - Sri Lanka

Fishermen

Zahra, Sri Lanka

A happy face, Zahra

Washing the heat, Anuradhapura

Washing the heat, Anuradhapura

Fire Dancers, Kandy

Fire Dancers, Kandy

Gems, fake gems, Kandy

Gems, that turned out to be fake. Happens a lot 🙂 Kandy

Fisherman gutting a fish. Trincomalee

Fisherman gutting a fish. Trincomalee

 

Ayubowan, as they say it so well in Sri Lanka, to say may you live long 🙂

Follow this link to the video, do it! Sri Lanka, the face of God.

 

Desert Flower, Sri Pada, Sri Lanka

Sri Pada, Adam’s Peak. Sri Lanka, April 2014

 

Namaste

Sri Lanka (coming soon)

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Gosh, I’ve missed this place! I hope you’ve all been well, since I haven’t checked in with you for a couple of weeks now. This is to welcome the new members of the page, and to share with you a sneak peek about the post coming up soon, from my trip to Sri Lanka. Yes, that’s why I’ve been silent & away 🙂

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Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. Heaven

In truth everything and everyone
Is a shadow of The Beloved,
And our seeking is His seeking
And our words are His words…
We search for Him here and there,
while looking right at Him.
Sitting by His side, we ask:
“O Beloved, where is The Beloved?”

Rumi

Stay tuned!

Namaste