Sometimes I find myself in the right place at the right time. Last night after the Arts District Forum Heidi, Christine and I went to the Ritz for their Fashion Ball dress rehearsal.Read More
Last weekend I went with some friends on a day trip to New Ulm, Minnesota - on a pilgrimage (of sorts) to Schell's Brewing Co.Read More
Our trip to Sri Lanka was a little bit of everything: family time, new places, intense, beautiful, relaxing... Maalu Maalu in Passekudah was definitely part of the "beautiful, relaxing" portion of the trip.Read More
Though it was not quite the season for surfing, we decided to make a day trip to Arugam Bay anyway - and it wound up being a pretty fun adventure.Read More
Our quest to explore the country and find other Dutch Burghers led us to the Batticaloa area.Read More
The Trincomalee leg of our trip was intense, and the Trincomalee area itself a wearying place to travel.Read More
Tonight I had the opportunity to go to a screening of the new Harry Belafonte documentary, "Sing Your Song," and it was a fantastic experience.Read More
While staying in Trincomalee we went around to some of the local sites, one of which my aunt remembered visiting as a child: Kanniya Hot Springs.Read More
Fortified in the 5th century, Sigiriya is one of several World Heritage sites in Sri Lanka.Read More
Colombo is awesome, but there is soooo much more to see in Sri Lanka. After a few days of visiting relatives, we hit the road. Our first destination: Minneriya National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary.
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We arrived late in the afternoon. Apparently the best time to go is in the morning (and in August) - so the staff were a bit surprised by our arrival. We piled into a jeep anyway and prepared for a wild, dangerous adventure.
And apparently this is my safari face:
We stood up in the jeep holding the cages and drove through the park for about two hours, ducking for branches along the way. Our guide said he wasn't sure we would see an elephant - but that we would give it "full try - full try."
Even though it wasn't the right time of day or the right season, there were still loads of beautiful birds in the park.
(Peacock ≠ elephant.)
And even though we didn't see very many animals in the park, the scenery itself was really lovely.
(bird ≠ elephant.)
Sri Lanka is home to some of the most beautiful birds in the world.
Monkey! A Grey Langur.
(monkey = awesome! But monkey ≠ elephant.)
We saw a family of spotted deer frolicking in the woods.
(deer = cute... but deer ≠ elephant.)
And then they saw us.
But they didn't dart - they kept eating. Apparently my safari face is not very intimidating.
After our two hour tour, we left the park. But our driver took us on a little side route before heading back to the hotel. You see - apparently the road cuts through part of the giant national park. At dusk, you've got just much chance of seeing elephants near the road. And as the sun began to set, to the right of the road, we saw three elephants walking along the edge of the woods!
Because it was dark, it was really hard to get a good shot... but I still managed to capture the moment. Elephant = elephant!
eee! It was really amazing and a very different feeling to see an elephant in the wild. So majestic!
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We had one more day in Colombo before heading out further into the country. We spent it, as we should have, with family. My cousin's wife lives in Colombo and invited us to the Colombo Swimming Club for lunch. The club was established in 1936 during colonial-era Ceylon.
My godfather. The sign behind him lists the names of all the members.
The swimming club is right next to the beach, though a wall and train tracks separate the club from the ocean.
While we were there they were taking down the big tent from the New Year's party. Look closely at the workers - they got up to the top of the framework with no shoes, no ladder - and were working with no net. Methinks regulations are a bit looser in Lanka than they are in the states.
Me and my cousin's wife.
While we were taking this photo a train raced behind us - you can see that in the background instead of the water.
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The third session of Real-Phonic is scheduled for Thursday February 23rd - this time in Minneapolis!Read More
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led by people with passion for the music and the history, I think these crawls serve as a great introduction, especially when you're getting to know the layout of a city.Read More
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