Wally and Pushpa were our lovely hosts in Sri Lanka. They live high up in the mountains amongst beautiful tea fields where they can reach out of the window and grab a few papaya fruits, have their own bananas on their cereal and walk 2 steps to pick up some cabbage or runner beans!
Wally used to be Andy’s boss’ boss’ boss’ boss when they were both in the RAF. Consequently when Wally greeted us at the airport in Colombo, we gave him a crisp ” Hello Sir!”… He just open his welcoming arms and gave us a big hug.
We were a part of their life for about a week, doing walks and drives in the area and even had a go at tea picking.
The temperature is fantastic at 1200meters. Never uncomfortably hot and never cold enough to require heating or a/c in the house.
They have a beautiful home with amazing views. If you woke up to this view every morning, wouldn’t you love life in Sri Lanka?
It is possible to view amazing sunsets from their terrace and whilst I had a few attempts, none of my photos can beat these great captures from Wally…
If any of you are jealous, the good news is Wally and Pushpa are considering to offer relaxing retreats in their house in the near future. In any case though, they are happy to welcome any visitors and provide guidance for the area.
There are loads of funky things here, like this happily decorated colourful local bus or these interesting fruit (Rambutan) that looked almost plastic and tasted delicious.
Ramboda falls are only 15 minutes from their house and one can actually swim in it to cool down. Wally and Pushpa’s son Leo certainly loved having a splash around…
We spent another day visiting Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage where each elephant eats around 250 kg of food per day and spend in total 16 hours feeding. I’m rather proud of this elephant pose that I captured!
On the same day in the afternoon our host kindly showed us Kandy’s Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and its museum. We experienced 3 downpours that day, but amazingly managed to escape them all.
Pushpa helped us understand a bit about Sri Lanka’s culture and the way of living there. We don’t necessarily understand it fully but we always try and appreciate. She has also spoilt us with great tasty dishes of Sri Lankan cuisine.
The coconut oil that’s used widely in these dishes, smells and tastes so appetizing that one finds it hard to stop eating. On the other hand it was such a treat to enjoy some lovely salads that we missed so much. Me being a cheese lover, 2 months without my feta or cheddar was tough! But the grated cheddar that we used out of Wally’s UK stash was amazing on salad and tasted better than ever! It’s funny what you miss from home.
In their lovely house, they have several pets living with them.
At the end of this wonderful week, we are now leaving the great hospitality and comfort of our hosts have been offering to us and going back to our backpacking adventures.