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What about traveling Sri Lanka with those Buddhist tattoos?

So before heading off to Sri Lanka I was googling around for visas and cool places to surf and stumbled upon this article – it’s about a British woman who got arrested and deported from Sri Lanka for displaying her tattoo of Buddha. And it seems to have happened to a few other travellers to… travel advice from the British is

The mistreatment of Buddhist images and artefacts is a serious offence and tourists have been convicted for this. British nationals have been refused entry to Sri Lanka or faced deportation for having visible tattoos of Buddha.

Ehrm so Pax has not one but two sleeves with Buddha on his arms. So this is going to be interesting I thought while Pax suspected I was playing a trick on him. Anyways off we went and took the good advice not to wave our arms around passing through immigration. And then – well quite a few local people reacted when they seen Pax arms but I suspect only because of hearing about that British woman not because they felt offended in any way. And when we asked why it would be offensive it was hard to get a proper answer the best one we got is something along the lines that if you have Buddha on your arm and then do something bad it’s disrespectful to Buddha. But altogether I would say nothing to worry to much about – Sri Lankan people are cool.

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.

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…


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.
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 🙂

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






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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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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South of South

What to do when the surf conditions around the corner won’t make the cut? We packed ourselves on the scooter (look mum – helmets) and headed for the south. We’ve got to know of a little beach down the road (1 or 2 hours away) called Blue beach, that had waves and was meant to be beautiful, so off on the hunt we went. Blue beach wasn’t our first stop we needed a long awaited FOOD stop HMMMMM  we love the food stops.. They don’t have a Pie shop but the have the next best thing the BREAD shop and everyone knows kiwis love bread! So after we loaded ourselves with food (bread) off we went to find Blue beach… It takes a good hour from Midigama to get there but it wasn’t a disappointment.. It was loaded with coconut trees and fun little waves to play on. The only bad thing about Blue beach is everything costs way to much so pack your lunch and lots of water.


surf-bums-in-sri-lanka-living-the-dream-south-coast-blue-beach-1-2Any decent road trip should start with a stop at the pie/roti/bread shop…

Team Norway and Germany is on the road to!


surf-bums-in-sri-lanka-living-the-dream-south-coast-blue-beach-1-3There’s so many spot’s around and so many breaks with pretty much empty lineups.

surf-bums-in-sri-lanka-living-the-dream-south-coast-blue-beach-8  surf-bums-in-sri-lanka-living-the-dream-south-coast-blue-beach-10Blue beach an hour south or so – beautiful little beach – even nice if you don’t surf just to spend the day swimming and chilling.

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…

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?
the-sidewalk-secrets-surf-travel-blog-sri-lanka-midigama-3 Surf looks nice on the pic but it was fat, big, messy and a strong current on top of that the-sidewalk-secrets-surf-travel-blog-sri-lanka-midigama-2 the-sidewalk-secrets-surf-travel-blog-sri-lanka-midigama-1 Making new friends – as a tourist you’re every street dogs best friend – they follow you around anywhere.

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!


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.


A day & night with the CrAzYz

Hmm someone told us there would be waves here  🙂
the-sidewalk-secrets-surf-travel-blog-sri-lanka-midigama-surf-1 Found one or three with the Mikey Viv & Sara
the-sidewalk-secrets-surf-travel-blog-sri-lanka-midigama-surf-2 Mikey killing it on my 5’11 Fatito don’t know if he’ll give it back next time he get’s his hands on it,  he got all the fun one’s that day GRRRRRRR……the-sidewalk-secrets-surf-travel-blog-sri-lanka-midigama-surf-3 the-sidewalk-secrets-surf-travel-blog-sri-lanka-midigama-surf-4 the-sidewalk-secrets-surf-travel-blog-sri-lanka-midigama-surf-5Went to the Dewmini Roti Shop for some great food, i could have eaten there all day. If you are in Mirssa you need to go if you will regret it !!!!! DCIM100GOPROGOPR2860.Sara & me with happy bellys
DCIM100GOPROGOPR2886.This is that happens when you drink with the cazyz all afternoon, you end up doing a drunken photoshoot 🙂