Only once you are at work, can you understand the back-to-work after holiday fear that every adult has spoken about. We got back from Sri Lanka on Monday night around 10.30pm, and after food and shower it was midnight before I got to bed. That was 4am Sri Lanka time, and – whoops – 20 straight hours of being awake. Then a 7am wake-up-call for work on Tuesday.
We were in Sri Lanka for just about a week exactly and I’m already thinking of another trip there. If I had my way we’d have stayed for a lot longer, but for the first time ever really I’m constricted by a set number of days for holiday each year (real life v student life).
Here are 14 random things we learnt during our week in Sri Lanka!
- The elephants at the elephant orphanages eat around 250kg of food EACH every day.
- Sri Lanka is the 3rd most popular surf destination in the world.
- Only women are employed as tea-pickers.
- Per square meter of land, Sri Lanka has the highest population of leopards in the world.
- Products and perfumes with sandalwood in them are expensive for a reason – it can take 30 years to harvest just 500ml of pure sandalwood oil.
- 70% of the population are Buddhist.
- Two common types of coconut grow in Sri Lanka – the red coconut and green coconut.
- Even though the Sri Lankans are as obsessed with cricket as their Indian neighbours, the national sport is volleyball (?!).
- Turning your back to the Buddha when in a temple or to any Buddha statue is considered very disrespectful.
- Sri Lanka produces between 80% and 90% of the world’s cinnamon supply!
- Duty Free at Colombo Airport includes washing machines, dishwashers, fridges and ovens. Just in case, you know, the one you brought with you from home didn’t survive the flight…
- The world’s first female Prime Minister was Sri Lankan in the 1960s.
- The railway was constructed to transport the tea from up in the hills to the port of Colombo.
- Cinnamon originates from Sri Lanka and producers hand roll the sheets into the the little rolled up tubes we buy from our supermarkets. I had no idea!
More from the trip is coming soon!