Surfing Batu Karas – we’re back in Indo!

We’ve been in Indonesia for bit over a week now. Spent a few days in Bali eating to much good food and then decided to head over to Java.  So now we been in smallish fishing/resort village Batu Karas for a week or so. This place has such a nice vibe and feel to it, everyone is super duper friendly, the place is beautiful, the water is so clear, the food is oh so good – so here’s the catch… ther’s been no waves whatsoever since we got here pretty much, I think Sri Lanka spoiled us a bit with nice waves everyday. Yesterday there was some bumps around but that’s the day we picked to do our visa extension (of course) so no waves for us. Today finally we had some little bumps.

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Sri Lanka Train Trip

After 2 months in Sri Lanka its was time to hit the road and head for Indonesia. But before we set flight there was one thing i had to do and had be waiting the whole time for, A train trip thought the mountains. The only thing was the night before i got sick, i spend the night talking to the toilet and we become good friends…  So 5am come round and i was not looking forward to getting on that train. We did get there in the end, and it was lucky that we booked tickets the night before, because  we spend almost 4 hours alone on the train.. I was lucky i didn’t have to make friends with the toilet again but it was still a long 10 hours, when you are not feeling the best. I now have to go back and do it again,  it had some amazing views and i loved it, but i spend most of my time feeling sorry for myself. If you do end up in Ella, do the walks and the train (maybe only 2-3 hours) it was great and hope you all  will love it as much as i did (and don’t get sick)… 🙂the-sidewalk-secrets-travel-blog-surf-sri-lanka-midigama-mirissa-surfing-sunset-3the-sidewalk-secrets-travel-blog-surf-sri-lanka-midigama-mirissa-surfing-sunset-1 the-sidewalk-secrets-travel-blog-surf-sri-lanka-midigama-mirissa-surfing-sunset-4 the-sidewalk-secrets-travel-blog-surf-sri-lanka-midigama-mirissa-surfing-sunset-5 DCIM100GOPROGOPR3355. DCIM100GOPROGOPR3356. DCIM100GOPROGOPR3357.

Views from Ella

On our way out of Sri Lanka we made a stop in Ella. Ella is a cool little place up in the highlands where you can do some hiking since the temperature is not to hot to move in. So we checked into this amazing little guest house with awesome views of the hills and a waterfall.  And yeah to be honest I’m quite a lazy hiker, there’s this mountain in Bali that I say I’m gonna walk up to – but always next time I’m there. And next time sort of comes and goes all the time. So I had this idea that I would sit on our super awesome balcony with my coffee and my book and just chill out and enjoy the views. Well that didn’t happen which is a good thing, we had this professional hiker straight out of Nepal that we meet in Arugam bay with us. So Tim tricked us to just go have a look at the track on our first night and then since we’d already gotten that far we might just as well have a closer look and then we’re at the top of the world… or little Adams Peak. Second day we made the walk up the Ella Rock which was just as cool.

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View from the balcony 🙂

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And the train comes and you didn’t have time to cross the bridge to the other side…

Hello from Arugam Bay

So finally we got our act together and made the move over to the East coast. Also known as the surfing mecka of Sri Lanka. In a small little fishing village called Arugam Bay is where it’s at.        surf-bums-in-sri-lanka-living-the-dream-arugam-bay-1Midigama still tried to keep us – giving us with two flat tyres on the way over. I didn’t really notice as was having a good snooze in the back of the van.

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So today we’ve been on a tuk tuk tour trying to find some waves. First place we checked out was called peanut farm. It was like peanuts alright. I’d say the tuk tuk driver’s been talking the good waves up a bit…

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So we’re checking out another flat spot… It’s still the beginning of the season here and not that much swell around so a lot of the spot’s are not working yet.
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Main point in A-bay. Last night the guys had awesome waves. When I went down this morning it was 2ft of tiny mush closing out on the reef. Still 20 people out. The joys of a world famous surf spot I guess 🙂

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Sceptical faces. Because we came back to check the waves two hours later…

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When the Season is changing

Last night we had the biggest rain so far and I woke up by a thunder that made the windows shake and a lightning show worthy of new years in Sydney. But it’s nice with a change, coming from a country with crappy weather I can never stay inside just bumming around when it’s sunny without feeling like I should go out and do something. So today has been all about reading, watching movies, drinking coffee and enjoying having the house to our selfs (we’re the only guests left and the owners left for a few days in Colombo). The surf season here on the South Coast of Sri Lanka is coming to an end (season is said to be November to April). I think we made the most of it but now there’s a mix of swells, the wind picks up to early and yeah it’s time to move on (there’s still some off season spots to surf if you’d happen to be here during that time). Lucky us the East Coast also has surf (ok the most famous breaks in the country) and the season there is starting right about now 🙂

Midigama Temple

On Buddhas birthday we also went up to the temple at Midigama. Here are some photos of the temple & some of the cool locals we meet..  the-sidewalk-secrets-travel-blog-surf-sri-lanka-midigama-mirissa-surfing-sunset-2Some monks, you know, just standing around 🙂
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Good Bye Midigama We Will Miss You

As you all know we have been staying in Midigama (Sri Lanka) for the last 2 months, its sad to say but the surf session has come to and end. Even in the morning at 5:30am the wind is up and the waves are no fun to play on (AKA S@#T). So in the next day or 3 its time for us to move on, but Midigama will stay in our hearts for a long time. We have meet some amazing people here from day one. The locals have been the friendliest people I have meet anywhere always giving and happy to help. The tourists have also been great, well at lest the once we got to hangout with, everyone is from somewhere new and all happy to live the simple life and just be. Its also been some crazy times like taking the bus anywhere is an extreme sport, you can die at anytime. A trip here would not be complete with out a trip to the rice & curry place and also Mamas. If you never got to eat at one of these places you’ve never lived. With all of that said the best place to eat and stay is the Senya guest house, its a nice little guest house 5 minutes from everything, wave, food, and transport. Senrath is the owner and one of the most humble and amazing people you will come across anywhere, so if you do end up here in Midigama spend a night or a month with him, you will not be sorry..

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Buddhas Birthday

Buddhas birthday is one of the major festivals in Sri Lanka. It is celebrated on the first full moon day of the month of May. People engage in religious observances and decorate houses and streets with candles and specially made paper lanterns. Some stores give out free meals for people. They give all types of food away from rice & curry to ice cream and the place where we have been eating a lot  was one of the places that gives free food on this day. This day is like Christmas in  the west, but the big difference is the Sri Lankan people don’t just give to family and friends – they give to everyone. If you are driving, walking, flying past they will wave you over and make you eat. Its not a big ego day of what did you got, its a day when everyone gets the same free LOVE.. The coloured flags are also put up everywhere, they are the buddhist flag, The Buddhist flag is a flag designed in the late 19th century to symbolise and universally represent Buddhism.  This is one day I wish we had in the west, its nice to know that everyone gets to eat on this day (even the homeless dogs)  and the people are so happy to give ..  Peace & LOVE x

Ps – HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUDDHA   🙂the-sidewalk-secrets-travel-blog-surf-sri-lanka-midigama-mirissa-surfing-sunset-1 the-sidewalk-secrets-travel-blog-surf-sri-lanka-midigama-mirissa-surfing-sunset-2 the-sidewalk-secrets-travel-blog-surf-sri-lanka-midigama-mirissa-surfing-sunset-3 the-sidewalk-secrets-travel-blog-surf-sri-lanka-midigama-mirissa-surfing-sunset-4Me with Mama she’s been feeding us for the last 7 weeks

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Surfing With Sylvain

Over the last 8 days i have had to stay out of the water, thats right no surfing for me. I cut my foot & the salt water loves to stop it from healing up. So I had to take a long wait out of the water to let it heal. The good news is I got to do some yoga (try to do yoga alone Hmmmm) and take photos of everyone surf, witch I loved doing anyway so not that bad really. We had Sylvain staying with us at our guest house but I never got to surf with him till last night. It was his last night with us and I thought it would be nice to try out my foot and surf with our new friend.  Sara took the night off surfing and took control of the camera.  We had a great surf and Sara took some amazing photos of us <3 …
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Labour day in the surf

Pax is on day four or so of not surfing which means I’ve got myself a professional surf photographer for only 15 LKR per hour (that would be like 15 cents). Labour day and all it came with hard work this morning though – low tide and two swells in the mix made it peaky and that pink board spent a lot of time surfing around without me. Still I was the first one out this morning having a few fun ones before the rest of the small crowd decided to paddle out.

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This guy showing how it’s done on his single fin.

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Road/Boat Trip To Cinnamon Island

Well its day three out of the water and my foot is starting to get better (I hope).. What do you do when you know, you are not going to surf ? What else but learn how to make Cinnamon on an island in the middle of a lake Koggala (Thanks Sylvain for taking us with you). We all went to take a look around a lake about 15 minutes from Midigama called Lake Koggala, word on the street is you can ride a bike round it, so off we went to cheek it out. After we got there we found out that not the case (so the local dude told us, but you can get a boat round it for 2500 LKR each with me he said, hmmm thats $75 for  the 3 of us NO WAY).. We ended up on the other side of the bridge 300 meters away, and found a guy to the same trip for 2000 LKR or $20 for all of us not each, a much better deal. So of we went with our new captain to see all the great islands round the lake.. On the way out on the boat the Rain started and it looked like a storm was blowing in, not good for us but Lucky it passed after about 20 minutes.. Our stop was Cinnamon Island only one guess what they do in there, thats right make cinnamon. They showed us step by step how to make it witch was really cool. I never knew cinnamon is made from what looks like the bark from the tree. They cut the branches off the tree, then cut what looks like the bark off, it looks like a rolled up piece of paper when they are done. Then it needs to dry in the shade for 2 weeks. After  2 weeks it gets crashed,  put through a strainer then its ready for use..
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