Thursday, March 5, 2015

Shopping for arts and crafts, and for cinammon and ayurveda products, in Sri Lanka



So until this weekend, I was in Sri Lanka for a week of glamping, good eating, art and shopping, living a #Travelife.

I deliberately brought two suitcases, one completely empty and the other half full of gifts for friends in Colombo and Kandy, so that I would have lots of space for goodies on the way back.



WHAT YOU CAN BUY IN SRI LANKA

What's there to buy in Sri Lanka, you might be wondering. 

Well, if you're an arts and crafts person like I am, there are a lot of beautiful handmade items to bring back home, including brass trays and wooden masks.



FABRICS GALORE

Then, for those big on fabrics, there are lovely cotton, silks and batik.

I love cooking, too, so a big part of my luggage is always devoted to spices - and especially to spices you can't get anywhere else.

CINNAMON FROM SRI LANKA

One of the best spices to bring back from Sri Lanka is cinnamon, as it's cheap, plentiful and of high quality.

Cinnamon the world over is pretty expensive. 

If you chance upon a cheap product in a supermarket somewhere in the world, living a #Travelife, it's probably not Ceylon cinnamon, which is the cinnamon you'll get in Sri Lanka, but cassia.

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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 
CINNAMON AND CASSIA

Cassia is like cinnamon -- and in fact they're related species -- but it's actually entirely different. It also has a completely different level of toxicity, which matters a lot if you're planning to take cinnamon on a daily basis.

A lot of people take cinnamon everyday with raw honey, for instance, as a health practice. If you're one of these, you should make sure you are taking Ceylon cinnamon and not cassia.

And one of the best places to get Ceylon cinnamon is in Sri Lanka.

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THE BEST PLACE FOR AYURVEDA

Finally, I never leave Sri Lanka without a luggage full of ayurveda products as they are plentiful and inexpensive here. In particular, I always stock up on bottles of triphala and also bottles of triphala oil.

And when I checked in over the weekend at Colombo's airport, I weighed my two luggages and they came in at exactly 40 kilos, although this wasn't quite accurate as I was hand carrying a giant brass tray I had picked up in Kandy on that same day for a song.

Talk about the perfect end to just another wonderful trip in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.




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