Monday, July 21, 2014

Holiday Time

Finally we are having our summer vacation. This year we are planning to do a couple of trips around the island. We started with the hill country. Last weekend we went to a bungalow in Bandarawela. This place is owned by one of our friends and they invited us for a long weekend. The bungalow is in a middle of a small tea estate and it is a really a cute place. I went to Bandarawela after a long time. It was nice to get to the cold climate as it is really hot in the city. The kids had excellent company so they went on long walks along the tea bushes, cycled and played a lot of out door games. The first night we had an excellent BBQ and the kids lit sparkles. After relaxing the first day we set out the second day to see the Ella falls and the Dover temple. This temple is 2500 years old. It is built inside a cave and there is a massive Buddha statue carved on a rock. It is a beautiful statue. Looked so natural.
After the temple we went to a cute place called Cafe Chill. This road is full of small restaurants. If you are in a mood for beer or a hot chocolate or a meal this is a nice place to hang out. The bar atmosphere is almost like in Negambo. The next day we went for a freezing river bath. It was really a nice hike to the river over the rocks and then to this nice basin of water to splash around. There was a family from the village taking a bath there too. It is a lovely feeling to be among the villages. They are so simple, very friendly with a smile and willing to help. The cook and the helper there were just awesome. They fed us so much that I came back with couple of pounds added to my waist line. The food was delicious and we just enjoyed the entire place and the hospitality. Thanks to our friends that invited us it was a lovely trip after a long time. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Wizard of Oz

 
 Yet another ballet concert and this time it was Wizard of Oz. My daughter's previous teacher got married and migrated so all her students were transferred to another teacher. Hence, this time it was done by a new ballet school. She was in two acts. She was one of the wizard's helpers that were in green soldier looking kits and part of the volcano and that was gray leotard with a net poncho. The production was a lot of practices for the kids and towards the end it was very tiring. However, the end result was really nice. The kids seemed to really enjoy while performing and I think that is what is important. A few pictures of her the performance to enjoy. Last time it was Snow White.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

May Lanterns

We were in Singapore this year during the Vesak holidays. However, when we got back the lanterns were up and it was pretty. Normally we go in the car and drive around Colombo to see the lanterns. However this time I thought I should park the car somewhere and walk around with the kids so that they get the real feel of going from tent to tent looking at the lanterns. We got near the Gangarama temple around 8 o'clock. It was crowded but not bad and was nice to go around Baira Lake looking at the Bakthi Gee boats and all the decorations. However, around 9 o'clock I just felt there was an influx of people. I dont know from where all the people came but it just got crowded so fast that I had to hold on tight to my kids for the scare of them getting misplaced. It was so crowded people were knocking on each other and pushing. We started moving slowly to where the car was parked. It took us about half hour to get to our car. Wow were we not glad that we made it to the car in one piece. I was scared also of people pick pocketing apart from misplacing my children. I was worried because I was alone with the kids but it was a nice experience. We were really thirsty and tired by the time we got to the vehicle. We came home and just had a long bath before we went to bed. When I asked my kids whether they enjoyed they said yes till the people started pushing them around. So note to self: next time I will take them around 7 and get home by around 8.30 before the crowd starts to come in.