A new continent, new books: Hello Asia, Hi Sri Lanka!

By Emma.

Hmm I’m just looking over the number of books I read while in Sri Lanka – the combination of a beach break and pure hiding-out in books after a scare. Books save me – they are the instant invisibility cloak! Maybe it’s flawed thinking (of the “if I can’t see them, they can’t see me” school of avoidance) but it works for me. Of all the books  though, the one I feel is a Sri Lankan “must-read” is The Hungry Ghosts by Shyam Selvadurai – brilliant!

Reading in the grounds of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth, Kandy

Reading in the grounds of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth, Kandy

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Seeni Sambol Breakfast Buns

By Emma.

Mmm seeni sambol breakfast buns. I find myself dreaming about them, craving them. A little odd maybe? Probably! I’m wandering my way through Tamil Nadu in South India at the moment and breakfast so far has been breaking my heart. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love coriander curry but a curry feast at 7am is a struggle. I find myself looking sadly at fermented rice idlis and fondly dreaming of Sri Lanka’s seeni sambol breakfast buns. Sweet and spicey, these buns are wonderful!

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Sri Lanka – a shot across the bow and a balance redressed

By Emma.

Past shrines to Buddhas who smile sphinx-like under flashing rainbow halos, past billboards of bleeding Catholic martyrs pierced with real arrows,  past the ramshackle rows of fruit stalls and bright clusters of women, as we spin along in our toy-town tuktuk, it’s the  smell of Sri Lanka that holds my attention. Cinnamon, ginger, cardamom – the air is spiced and heavy. The breeze constantly weaves different perfumes. Exotic spices mingle with exhaust fumes and the unmentionable odour of decay and waste. Each breath is a gamble and I ricochet between delight and disgust.

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A safari in Yala National Park

By Emma. Cliquez ici pour l’article de Damien. Click here for photos of there.

Pre-dawn excitement, an open elevated jeep, silence, a flurry of aggressive driving, clamouring hords brandishing telescopic lenses and a lack of grace, a magical dismissal by a leopard, still moments in the presence of great lumbering pachyderms, the mewling cry of peacocks, wallowing buffalo, a family of foraging boar, darting mongeese  and the flit of hummingbirds, crocodile smiles and bearded monkeys, the battle of common sense and a desire to escape the jeep, the wild.

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