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Buddhist art in Sri Lanka

Pam, this blog post is for you! Here is a very short and simple introduction to Buddhist art in Sri Lanka combined with my pictures from different locations and drawings. The stupa or dagoba is the most universal Buddhist architectural symbol. As Buddhist theology developed , so the elements of …

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Sri Lanka’s famous architect and our big surprise

Geoffrey Bawa (1919-2003) is Sri Lanka’s most renowned architect. His style is called ‘tropical modernism’. Some main characteristics of his work are: concern with nature and natural setting, he wanted his buildings to blend with the environment use of local material, ecologically sound designIn Colombo we visited Seema Malaka temple. Today, …

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Boat safaris in southern Sri Lanka

During our last two days in Sri Lanka, I had the opportunity to take two boat safaris or tours in the southern part of the island. One of them was on Koggala Lake, east of Galle, with Malgosia and Wojtek, the other one was on Madu River, west of Galle, …

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My Sri Lankan adventure (in English and in Polish)

Today, I decided to visit the local village on my own. I did what my favourite Polish travel writer, Beata Pawlikowska, recommends: learn some basic words in local language, put a smile on your face, take a road/street, go and see what happens. So I did. I took a side …

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Sri Lanka: Galle

Ayubowan from Galle, Sri Lanka’s fourth largest city, located near the island’s southernmost point. The Galle fort was declared world heritage site by UNESCO. The two beautiful people on the picture are Malgosia and Wojtek, both high school teachers in Warsaw. She teaches Polish language and literature, he teaches history …

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Sri Lanka’s southern coast

Another monument of tsunami victims. Tsunami monuments or memorials can be found in many places in the southern coast. This beach area is famous for good surfing conditions: Lifeguard: Sri Lanka is famous for its fishermen on stilts, it is their traditional way to  catch a fish in a rough sea. …

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Our jeep safari in Yala National Park

Ayubowan my friends. Today we will admire Sri Lankan nature in Yala National Park, the most visited and second largest national park on this beautiful island. Here is our adventure. Tsunami Memorial at Yala National Park in Hambantota. It shows how high were the waves and the destruction they caused: This floor is all …

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Nuwara Eliya: hoppers and more

Beautifully situated among the hills, Nuwara Eliya is the centre of Sri Lanka’s tea-growing industry. Nuwara Eliya was established by the British in the nineteenth century. Today the population of this town is mostly Tamil and Muslim. Its climate is much cooler than the rest of the country. We decided …

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Sri Lanka: the Story of Ceylon Tea

Ayubowan my friends! On our way to Nuwara Eliya, we visited one of many tea plantation in Sri Lanka. I am posting my pictures here together with a story that I had prepared before this trip. The Story of Ceylon Tea Blessed with ideal climatic conditions for growing tea, Sri …

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Kandy: the Temple of the Tooth

The peaceful coexistence of all four religions in Sri Lanka amazes me the most. Within 300 meters from my hotel in Kandy, I had a chance to see people praying in a mosque: in a Hindu temple that was combined with a Buddhist temple. In other words: one entrance to …

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