Tag Archives: Sri Lanka

Julia Margaret Cameron in Sri Lanka

Julia Margaret Cameron was one of England’s great photographers. That’s what I say, anyhow. If you mention the name to many others who don’t spend their weekends playing with cameras, however, you’re likely to get thrown a blank and a “Julia who?”, which is kind of what happened at the start of my last Sri Lankan trip… When I saw on our Sri Lankan itinerary that we were to be staying at the Glencairn bungalows in Dikoya, where Cameron had spent her final months (there’s an upper and lower bungalow,…

Coconut Roti and Mango Salsa

The Sri Lankan Marathon is coming up next weekend and since it’s a race I’ve taken part in several times and have fond memories of I took to the kitchen to make a Sri Lankan style dish. I was actually asked to take part in this years’ race but the invitation email came through on the very morning I flew to Toronto so I had to turn it down; shame that as Sri Lanka really is a very special place but there’ll be other chances to return to that beautiful…

from Sunset to Sunrise, from Coast to Coast

I just finished this film, that shows footage from the 650km cycle ride and hike I did earlier this year in Sri Lanka. Honestly, the task of filming this was above me, and it shows. The conditions (I lost 2 cameras to the humidity), the fact that I was taking part but also trying to envisage the angles and overall feel of the film, it was too much. It’s easy enough to start the camera rolling, but could I capture the beauty of Sri Lanka, and the thrill of seeing…

The LSR Colombo Marathon, Sri Lanka

The 14th LSR Colombo Marathon took place on the first Sunday in October. The Trek and Run team was supported during this event by; Sri Lankan Airlines – (who fly non-stop between London and Colombo) –  http://www.srilankan.com LSR - http://www.lsr-srilanka.com/ Gore Running Wear - http://www.goreapparel.co.uk/ Airia Running Shoes - http://www.airiarunning.com/ Push Nutrition - http://www.pushnutrition.eu Garmin Action Cameras - https://buy.garmin.com/en-GB/GB/outdoor/action-cameras/virb-elite/prod119594.html First, here’s a short film I made of my marathon experience, to give you an idea of the course and what you may encounter when you take part in the event yourself. As I walked through the new…

Peace at Katagama Temple

I visited a temple complex today where the Mosque sits next to the Hindu Temple, which isn’t far from another Hindu Temple and a Buddhist one. There were also Christians among the worshipers, and nobody got all childish and condescending when I got the camera out either, like they do often at Mosques. Everybody goes about their business in peace here, alongside roaming cows and monkeys, under statues of elephants and peacocks. There’s a huge lesson in maturity on show for those with a wish to see it. Of course,…

The Sri Lankan Marathon, my first as a Vegan runner

I’ve got a touch of cancer at the moment, nothing too serious but it has made me think a bit about mortality, and that’s brought about some positive changes. The most important being is that tomorrow’s LSR Colombo Marathon will be my first marathon as a vegan runner. I’ve had many moments recently during this past week in Sri Lanka when it’s been easy to see just how good life is, not just when I’ve been mixing with great people but also whilst just sat alone watching the waves, palms,…

Symmetry

Humans generally seem to love symmetry, and we usually consider something beautiful if it is symmetrical. This view, held by humans for a very long time, can be harmless, although often its not. We see a person or an animal who has one eye larger than the other as odd and if they have a mouth that turns up at one end and down at the other, or one arm or leg very different from the other, we might look the other way and never bother to find out what…

Cantona, and the Final Artistamps

Do you remember a fine French footballer by the name of Eric Cantona? He was a genius. He helped Leeds Utd and then Manchester United win a lot of games, sometimes seemingly all by himself, and then when he was still young by footballers standards he announced that he’d be retiring at the end of the season. He’d been playing like a dog for the past few months, he explained, he was no longer the footballer he used to be. He was quitting before it all got ugly. I really…

The LSR Staff made Lamia’s birthday a memorable one

I had meant to write a simple blog post today about how the LSR staff at the Marina Passikuda hotel made Lamia’s birthday a brilliant day, and very memorable. But then today we went on a short excursion to Sigiriya, an ancient ruin and world heritage site, and I thought it best to mention our experience with locals there, to put things into better context. We got out of the van and walked over a bridge into the ancient gardens. I’d been to Sigiriya twice before and didn’t need a…

The final 45kms of our LSR & Sri Lankan Airlines Adventure

I long for some spare time with which I could start to do this journey justice. To edit the photos properly, to write something other than a rushed post such as this, something more indepth for some other place than this personal blog, and to start to create some videos. But even though we’ve finished the 650kms coast to coast cycling tour I’m still very busy. We didn’t get to our new hotel until after sundown today; it’d been a full day of visiting 11th century ruins and an orphanage,…