Readers! Its an official two months tomorrow since my last post! And an official two year anniversary since I begin this tiny personal bubble of space on the internet! I am now back into the school routine (unfortunately) which means something it didn’t before- we are suddenly every teacher’s priority and everything is looming like it never did before- GCSE’s, College or Sixth Form choices, jobs, general having to actually think about the future. And we are being equipt for this future with quadratic equations and convalent bond knowledge. But anyway, its a mile away from the 3 weeks spent in Sri Lanka during the Summer.
It was my first experience of Asia, and considering my parents both travelled the world before being cursed with the immobility of parenthood and my dad’s trips to downtown India twice a year for his business, I’ve grown up with their horror stories of rats in hotel toilets and food poisoning, and I was kind of nervous. The whole trip was slightly magical and curry scented. We visited 6 places, 6 different types of climate and environment, from next to the beach in a 4 star hotel, to in home stays surrounded in jungle. We got caught in the monsoon at a Buddhist temple and the locals all stared while our umbrella’s failed on us. We washed elephants in a river with coconut shell matting. We had Ayurveda treatments. We rode endless tuk tuks.
I am very grateful to have travelled so far and have had such a memorable time and when its rainy and grey and someone’s gassing at me about something involving x’s and chemicals and symbols, I will remember the sun and the sea and the Buddhist chanting and the smell of sweat and curry and fruit.