Postcards from Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Ashanti Ramsey Hamilton

I don't think I've ever been to a country where the locals smile so much and are so willing to do anything they can to help you. I spent 6 weeks volunteering at my friends hostel in Ahangama, a town in the south known for its many surf spots, laid back vibes and fun nights.

The crazy part about Sri Lanka is it looks exactly as pictures depict. The greens are just as vibrant - not an ounce of saturation is needed! There are many beaches that are lesser known or barely even touched and the hiking views are phenomenal.

I spent a month travelling from the south, to the centre, over to the east coast and then all the way back around to the very north most point of the country in Jaffna, also known as "Little India" due to its cuisine similarities and differences in buildings and pace. I did this all by train and local buses (including one 12 hour bus ride on a bus exactly like American school buses... but worse seats!).

For the first time in my life I witnessed Elephants in the wild crossing the road or chilling and having their lunch. I saw mongoose running through our garden every day and big lizards dawdling along. Not forgetting the snakes - one of my very favourites- that would appear between rocks or in long grass. Never fear, they weren't looking for any human snacks!