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Help! I’ve got to much jack fruit on my hands!

Not to worry this is a tropical super fruit – it is considered so good and full with nutrients that if you’d for some reason want to cut one down here in Sri Lanka you actually need a permit from the government to do so. There is an old Sri Lankan saying that “with a jack fruit tree and a coconut tree in your back yard you will never starve”. We’re definitely not starving – we ate an amazing jack fruit curry for dinner the other night.

Tourist visa extension for Sri Lanka

Today we made the round trip to Colombo to extend our 30-day tourist visas, Sri Lanka is just treating us so good so we’ve decided to stay a while. We’ve heard that the process can take up to four hours, you have to be in before 11 AM or they won’t accept your application, the bus to Colombo will most likely be stuck in traffic for a few hours and the train is crowded to (if it will show up at all). Anyways me, Pax and our little miss Norway decided to get on the 6:37 AM express train for Colombo and this time we where allowed to buy tickets for the train (last time the guy at the counter was just saying no – train late) – for 210 RP each which translates to something like 2 AUD each after waking the ticket counter guy up from his morning nap things seemed promising. The train ride was easy, we all got seats, Pax made a new friend and three hours later we where in Colombo Fort. We hopped in a tuk tuk to the “Immigration Passport Office” which is at 41 Ananda Rajakaruna Mw, Colombo 10 – we paid 350Rp for a tuk tuk – you can take the bus but hey we thought we be tight on time.

You will need a passport photo for the application, if you don’t have one no stress you can get one on the bottom floor of the immigration building, the price there was better than on the street, 200 Rp for 4 photos. Anyways then we headed for the third floor where they do the visa extensions, when you enter the floor there’s a small unsigned reception just straight to your left, most likely overcrowded with people to. This is where you will need to get your application and we where also given a what seemed to be totally random magic number. So off to fill out the application (we could have printed and done this beforehand to save time) and then we where supposed to make our way over to room 2 or 4 to hand in the application.

This is where it gets interesting, standing in the line to room number two a man called us aside and asked us to wait. Hmmmm we where thinking because he just took off but eventually he returned and we got some special treatment and where shown in to meed a Assistant Controller. This guy was quite busy on his phone but manage to look at our passports and do some scribbles on our applications. After some comments about the cricket we where sent outside to wait for our magic number to appear at the payment processing counter (counter number five). This is where we waited a while but not to bad – magic 106 came up and we got to pick up our applications and passports and take them over to the actual Payment counter (counter number 6). The visa extension fee is based on your passport so for a Swede it is 25 USD, New Zealanders have to pay 37 USD and Norwegians 32 USD. Anyways we all paid and handed in our applications and passports again and where told to wait. Ten minutes later our magic number shows up and that was it – all done within less than two hours. So now we can stay two more months in Sri Lanka if we want to. There’s no difference in price for a one or two months extension so if you ask for two months that’s what you will get. Oh if only Australian Immigration where this easy…

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This guy we met at the train station this morning and he was also on the same bus back from Colombo as us, so excited and intrigued by Pax’s tattooed leg.

Day off in Midigama

After 17 days straight in the surf the swell was a bit to messy this morning and the current looked just as strong as yesterday so we’ve been out and about in the village, just relaxing and playing a few games of Yatzy or as our German friends say Kniffel. My arms and shoulders are quite happy they got the day off to but seriously we’ve been so lucky with the waves so far – can’t remember if I had these many consecutive days of surfing ever?
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Surf Instructor for a day

We’re having a really nice visit from parts of the Westin family – we seem to be in the same places at the same times spread out over the world. So when in Sri Lanka we went surfing 🙂 Welligama is a 10 minute tuk tuk ride away from us, has some fun waves to surf and you can rent boards just on the beach.  Said and done – I had so much fun in the water with these two 🙂 Let’s do it all again tomorrow!

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Surf report from Sri Lanka

Been having so much fun in the water the last week, my shoulders are sore my back hurts and I’m all surfed out – it’s such a good feeling. We’re having maybe 2-4 feet of swell since we’ve been here which is perfect – and ohhh did I mention the water is tropical and there’s big turtles popping up for air every now and then – a m a z i n g. Pax got some cuts from the reef and decided to dry them out and take some snaps of me and Mikey a few days ago. the-sidewalk-secrets-travel-blog-surf-sri-lanka-midigama-mirissa-surfing-48the-sidewalk-secrets-travel-blog-surf-sri-lanka-midigama-mirissa-surfing-39the-sidewalk-secrets-travel-blog-surf-sri-lanka-midigama-mirissa-surfing-49the-sidewalk-secrets-surf-travel-blog-sri-lanka-midigama-surf-4the-sidewalk-secrets-travel-blog-surf-sri-lanka-midigama-mirissa-surfing-53

Photo bomb = first week in Sri Lanka!

After two weeks in Thailand we jumped planes and ended up in a very quiet Sri Lankan village called Midigama not to be confused with Welligama or Mirissa…
There’s not to much going on here except for surfing which is exactly what we are after. So happy to be sharing fun little waves with turtles, and the water is so clear and warm – just loving it.

We’ve been hanging out with Mike & Viv for a few days having some rum, crashing peoples quiet and romantic dinner (sorry – it was the rum’s fault!), celebrating st patty’s day with some crazy irish, checking out the old Portuguese fort in Galle just north of where we are staying, surviving this crazy Sri Lankan disco bus ride with neon Buddha dancing at the front and eating some amazing curries – thanks Mike and Vivo – good times! Some photos from the past days below.

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Yoga Me & GANDHI

We have been in Thailand for the last two week for Anders & Rodnas wedding, there are no waves here so i thought it would be a nice idea to do some yoga. We started with some HOT YANG yoga, A sequence of 26 postures and Pranayama breathing. This yoga is practiced in a room heated to no higher than 38 degrees Celsius and is 75 minutes long sounds easy i thought Hmmmmmmm. It started out nice and HOT and by the end i wanted to die (I have never sweat that much in all my life, it was like my body was raining on my matt) but after doing it for another 10 days i got into the grove, and now we are leaving i will miss it. The good news is we are off to find waves in Sri Lanka, so stay posted it’s only fun and sun from here on !!!!!! I never got any video of me doing yoga (don’t want to show off) but here is one of GANDHI doing some. WE LOVE THIS VIDEO !! ………

Trouble in paradise!

Go Went Gone – we left Sydney just over a week ago finally our big mission has started! First stop is Thailand where Rodna and Anders are getting married.  So it’s been a hectic start – I’ll give you one groom to be in hospital with meningitis! Luckily it’s a mild one and he should be all good in time for the big day… Always remember travel insurance can be a really good friend. In between hospital visits and tailor appointments I’ve found a nice yoga studio around the corner – so we’ve been doing hot yoga every morning – it’s been so good even though I’ve never sweated so much in my life. And the place where we’re staying has a pretty cool pool to.

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On my way home! Where is home?!

I’m at the airport in Melbourne waiting on my flight back to Sydney (it’s pretty boring and I’ve had to much coffee). I’ve been here for work so nothing to exciting. My newest taxi driver friend and I was talking about where you’re from and how you define where your home is. And about languages, he’s from Punjab – the Indian side he reckons that Punjabi changes it’s accent every 10k. Like people in the north of Sweden have a hard time understanding the most southern accent maybe. His kids are already so globalized having gone to school in both Australia and India and speaking three languages.

14 days on the road. Let’s make it 365?

We’ve just done 14 days on the road over Christmas and New Years. Back in Sydney and it’s time to start planning for the big one as in the big trip. The year of 2015 is going to be a travel year. Ever since me and Pax met we’ve talked about doing a big trip together. “If haven’t killed each other living together for a year it’s time to go”. We have a wedding in Thailand on the agenda in March but other than that the road is pretty much open 🙂 Welcome 2015 – we’re going surfing! Where?! Maybe Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Central America….
Some photo’s from the road below.

Pedro our trustworthy van is staying at home this year.
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Australia must be the best country for road trips, you’ll find toilets (with paper), out door showers close to every beach almost, outside free BBQ’s and why not a little picnic house when the sun is to strong.

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Happy holidays & the new GoPro 4

Guess what I got for my birthday?! Oh yes a new GoPro the version 4 – I’m so spoilt, ha ha! Anyways it’s already Day 10 of our Christmas/New Years roadtrip on the South Coast and here’s some water shots from the last few days. We’ve got so many photos and videos but not to much internet. Waves been pretty small and the summer seems to be hiding somewhere 🙂 Anyways enjoy the holidays and we’ll see you next year 🙂 Lot’s of love <3

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DCIM101GOPROGOPR1516. This is one of my  all time faves on the South Coast – Green Island or Cunjurong point.

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Let’s go surfing Paxito!

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You can be rich in spirit, kindness, love and all those things that you can’t put a dollar sign on

However this is Bali in dollars or Rupiah – just for my memory.

Visa on Arrival 35 AUD per person
Departure tax 200 000 Rupiah18
Bike rental 2 bikes 600 000 Rupiah for 8 days – monthly is still 600 000 Rupiah
Accommodation Kuta – between 150 000 – 250 000 Rupiah per night fan/aircon
Accommodation Medewi – 200 000 Rupiah – fan
Small Bintang – from 20 000 Rupiah – Large from 30 000
Large bottle of water – 4000 Rupiah
Airport transfer to/from Kuta – 100 000 Rupiah
1 hour massage – 55 000 Rupiah

& a veggie burrito from Mojo’s is still 32 000 Rupiah 🙂

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