Saturday, June 29, 2013

Afternoon tea today. And Sri Lanka, here we come again for a Travelife...



This afternoon, we held an orientation for the group of Travelife readers and friends joining us for a Travelife to Sri Lanka next week.

This was very kindly hosted by H.E. Nawalage Bennett-Cooray, Ambassador of Sri Lanka, at his residence.



A SRI LANKAN AFTERNOON TEA

It was a drizzly day, but it was fine enough for the good Ambassador to order a large table to be set up by the swimming pool for afternoon tea.




Of course, the Ambassador served excellent Ceylon tea, accompanied by some Sri Lankan delicacies, to give us a taste of what was to come very soon.



A NICE GROUP OF READERS AND FRIENDS



Once more, it's a very nice and interesting group of Travelife readers and friends coming along to Sri Lanka.

Today, I met many of them for the first time, and everyone is excited to experience a country that has been named one of the destinations to visit in 2013 -- before the rest of the world discovers it.

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Meanwhile, I'm going ahead to Sri Lanka to visit 2 new destinations and to stay at 2 lovely hotels that have been on my bucket list for some time now.

I thought this was just about the right time to do so.



TIME FOR SOME "ALONE TIME"

At the second dinner last night, I discussed my Sri Lanka plans with some friends.

One of them said: "No one joining you this time?"

I shook my head.




I'd deliberately decided to do this first part alone as a sort of complete detox: a new place and just myself for company -- plus some pretty amazing digs.

I'm always traveling with someone or with a group of people.

FOREVER ON A TRAVELIFE

Tanzania in a few months...


After Sri Lanka, for example, it's Japan and Spain with a bunch of people, and then there's Tanzania for 3 pretty amazing safaris with a friend.

And so I thought I owed it to myself to create some real alone time for thinking and detox.



SOLO IN JORDAN.
AND THAT WAS FANTASTIC.

My last solo trip was about nine months ago, when I'd traveled to Jordan for three days prior to joining up with a group of friends in Jerusalem. I'd hired a guide and driver for my stay, but otherwise I was literally alone.

I'd done everything and anything I'd wanted, and that had been so enjoyable. That's pretty much how most of my non-solo trips also go, by the way, but it's so different when you psychologically feel the need to factor someone else into your plans.

I'd even ridden a donkey down to the ruins of Petra, and afterwards I'd sat out on the terrace of my hotel, the Four Seasons Amman, with a bottle of champagne until midnight, blogging about my day.

NOT LONELY FOR LONG



But Sri Lanka won't be solo for too long. In fact, the length of the solo stay is just perfect.

On the last night of this solo stay, some friends from Manila are following and staying at the same hotel, so it won't exactly be lonely.

Then, of course, the following day, 20 readers and friends are flying into Colombo to join us for a week of adventure in our never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.




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