18/5/18: Today was our last day in Ella, so we got up after what felt like another damp sleep and set off to quickly to try and wrangle a snap of the 9 arch railway bridge. Feeling a little lazy we ‘Tuk Tuked’ there and it was lucky that we did. When we pulled up people were yelling “run” at us as the only train of the morning was going over it as we pulled in. It was a little chaotic getting out of the Tuk Tuk but we managed to get a couple of snaps from a distance. We pretty much headed straight back to our accommodation to pack and get on the famous Ella train ride to Kandy. We were hoping off half way in Hatton to get up early the next day and do Adams Peak. The trains are like going back in time 100 years. Lots of smoke, super loud and crazy slow. We had splashed out and got first class tickets, which didn’t mean much , but the scenery did not disappoint. The journey takes you through lush green mountains, massive tea plantations and lots of little villages where kids would run after the train waving. We tried to get a few of the classic tourist shots but due to it being rainy season in central Sri Lanka we had limited opportunities. Once we arrived in Hatton, 90mins behind schedule we got on a Tuk Tuk for an hour to the bottom of Adams Peak to stay in a guest house so the 2.30am alarm to get up and climb wasn’t so dreaded. It was an early night for the Leadbetters in prep for the morning slog.
18/5/18: It was a 5am start type of morning this morning. You would think I would be used to waking up at this time after a near 6 weeks of Tobes crashing about getting ready to go surfing at this ghastly hour, but no not really I still absolutely struggle. We set off just after 5am to walk to the top of little Adams Peak for sunrise. We made it up just in time along with a couple of Buddhist Monks, a few trendy fashionistas wearing all orange and a chubby Russian couple who thought it was OK to have a full blown argument at the top of the peak and disrupt the tranquil silence (down a voddie already would ya?). Getting to the top of little Adams Peak was definitely a lot easier to navigate than yesterday’s Ella Rock, that’s for sure. The view was similar to Ella Rock – bloody beautiful. The Ella country side is so vast, so lush and a wonderful contrast of greenery splashed with the bright dresses worn by the ladies in the tea fields picking tea. Of course we treated ourselves post walk to a nice coffee in the Ella town centre before walking back along the train tracks to our guest house. It started raining around lunch time which meant that the remainder of the day was simply sipping tea whilst enjoying the waterfall view, podcasting, and Tobes indulged in a full body massage. We ‘dined’ separately for dinner which was a first for us on this trip. Tobes walked into town to watch sport at a pub and eat pizza while I lay in bed in my jim jams watching Chef’s table with Jeong Kwan (for the 10th time) and waited for my home delivery of sweet date and coconut balls which Tobes picked up on his way home. It’s a hard life hey?!
17/5/18:Shut the front gate the Willeady’s are heading inland. After nearly 6 weeks nomading (yes I turned that into verb) the coastline of Sri Lanka we have decided to spend our last 9 days in our hiking boots munching scroggin inland. After saying goodbye to our friends in A-Bay yesterday (back to silent dinners), we set off to Ella in what was meant to be a ‘luxurious’ new van which had aircon and a driver who we were told was a very safe driver. To our surprise within 1 minute into the 3 hour journey we soon realised that everything we had been told was in fact the exact opposite. There was definitely no aircon, the van doors only opened from the outside, parts of the van were falling off and the bloody driver thought it was a much better idea to drive on the wrong side of the road towards the oncoming traffic. Long story short – we arrived (almost) to our destination (had to tuk tuk the last part due to the road our guest house is on being out of action). Yesterday afternoon was kept very lowkey, indulging in new found podcasts, sipping tea and eating coconut cookies and catching up on two episodes of NZ Survivor. Today was quite a contrast. We set off early this morning to hike Ella Rock. After being mislead by local Sri Lankans, flipping between internet blogs for directions (new age direction source right?!), countless backtracking, being tempted by fake signage we finally made it. The view from the top was impressive overlooking the beautiful Hill country that Ella is set in that I momentarily forgot the ‘debacle’ of the journey up the dam hill. All in all the walk (including the fumbling with directions) took around 4 hours. We spent some time exploring the small village of Ella after the walk and then wondered back to our guest house along the train tracks. While walking along the tracks I had a small boy approach me, no older than 6. I thought he was going to ask me for some money but instead he asked if I had a spare school pen that he could have. It was the absolute sweetest. Note to self – don’t take a bic ball point pen for granted and carry a full stock of supply in handbag at all times.
15/5/18: The last week in Arugam Bay has been 🔥🔥🔥🔥 and the crew has been 💯. As well as CDow and Louie we also had the arrival of Dawse and Jack, which meant the Lions were on ice and the girls were getting stuck into rank rose and cucumber gin & tonics. We started to get a little routine going which was quite nice. I would try get to the main point for a wave before meeting the crew at Hideaway to get our yogi on. To start the class the teacher, Kim who we all loved, got everyone to announce their favourite position and if they had an injury. This was my favourite part of the class as CDow always managed to come up with a new injury to announce, whether it be a sore shoulder or a bruise from surfing. To his credit he had the best head stand in the class which was a real buzz out considering his downward dog was an absolute struggle. After that we would chill and have breakfast while watching the ‘chef’ just have a blatant crack at my wife Laura. He would present her with gifts, feed her 4 courses of food and tell her she looked like a honeybee. It was quite sane, but we all had a giggle about it. The arvo then entailed an activity, which ranged from a cooking class with deaf people to a Tuk Tuk ride to a beach and then some surfing and swimming. However one day we ventured from the norm and instead of getting dropped somewhere in a Tuk Tuk, we hired one and that’s when Teds Tuk Tuk Tours was born. We headed deep into Kumana National Park, on a rough and pot hole filled dirt road which really got the customers questioning my 5 star safety reviews. We managed to see wild elephants, water buffalo, monkeys and the highlight being a 3 metre lizard in the road that Louie spotted, that on closer inspection turned out to be a crocodile. It was a fantastic week filled with a lot of laughs, great company and important conversations about the royal wedding, Nando’s, cults and stools.
12/5/18: A-Bay has been epic over the last couple of days! I have had amazing surfs each morning at main point. We have had a bit of swell come through and without the sea breeze in the morning it has been glassy and lots of fun. I have had buddies as well with Pedro and Joana meeting me at the point each morning and then exploring other breaks in the Arvo. Its mint having people to chat with and get the odd compliment from after good waves. We have also been getting very yogi at Hideaway each morning which my body has been loving. Starting to see what all the fuss is about, and don’t mind a cobra to downward dog sequence. Laura and I did discover possibly the best Indian joint ever 2 nights ago. It was Tandoori Hut, which is just off the main road. We both went for Masala Prawns and it was 🔥🔥🔥. We said goodbye to Pedro and Joana after a great week with them, but also welcomed a couple of our great mates CDow and Louie joining us after a month in India. It has been epic heading out on adventures to peanut farm and getting back into the beers after a few weeks off. One of the highlights has been a curry house Laura found that gave us a selection of curries, popadoms and rice for $1.
Worrying too much about the future takes the joy from the present. So breathe, feel the wind in your hair and the sunshine on your face and remember that all is good and everything will fall exactly where it needs to be ❤️
10/5/18: I can see how the days spent in ‘A-Bay’ turn into months spent in A-Bay. We are loving it here!!! We have had a few surfing adventures over the last few days; spending time at both Panama and also Peanut farm with our Portuguese friends. Tuk tuks packed with water, Manioc crisps, sunblock and surfboards (or for me, the camera as I have a new role as personal photographer) we have set out on afternoon adventures venturing about 20-30 minutes out of Arugam Bay. The drive to both beaches is awesome – spotting wild elephants and monkeys along the way! It is so impressive just seeing elephants leisurely doing ‘their thing’ in the wild while you drive past (who needs to go on a safari right??!!). Don’t tell Tobes, but I do have to admit that he is really starting to nail this surfing thing and starting to look like a total natural on the board. Our conversations at breakfast now revolve around him pondering the big decision he has to make when we get back to NZ which is not where to live, what job to go for, how many kids to have but instead what surf board he should look to purchase. Our days so far also include a daily stop off to an little rustic café near the beach (Karma Gardens) to have our daily smoothie bowls – I mean these guys are on to a darn good thing and we just cannot go past them. Ohhhhh the vibes of Arugam Bay is just the best and again, something that is a drawing card to me is the hospitality that we have been shown from the guys working at our accommodation at Lazy Bay – the BEST!
dZiEń DoBrY 🧘🏻♀️ oto parę prostych ćwiczeń na chore gardło i gorączkę, na które często cierpimy również latem! ☀️ ja przez tydzień chorowałam będąc na Bali 🌸 klimatyzacja? przemęczenie? nadal nie wiem co to było 🙈 jednak po wykonaniu odpowiednich pozycji w ciele czułam się znacznie LePiEj 🤸🏻♀️ uwaga! filmik jest mocno przyspieszony, pamiętajcie że ćwiczymy w naprawdę bardzo WoLnYm tempie 🙏🏼 • ilość powtórzeń dowolna - tak żeby nie czuć bólu • 1. usiądź w komfortowym dla Ciebie siadzie najlepiej takim w którym medytujesz - możesz usiąść na kocu lub klocku, tak żeby biodra i kolana były na jednej linii •2. wyprostuj plecy, rozluźnij twarz, oddychaj swobodnie •3. powoli wykonaj parę delikatnych ruchów głową na boki, ucho w kierunku ramienia, nie podnoś ramion i pozostaw cały korpus w centrum - możesz zatrzymać się na każdym boku na dłużej i policzyć do pięciu na każdą stronę - delikatnie rozciągając boki szyi •4. następnie rozciągnij cały bok unosząc rękę, głowę możesz opuścić w dół, nie skręcaj ramion, staraj się otworzyć klatkę piersiową, poczuj jakby za tobą była ściana do której przyklejasz cały korpus i ramiona •5. wykonaj parę krążeń brodą (nie całą głową!) na obie strony - wyobraź sobie, że rysujesz brodą koła przed sobą, ale nie możesz przy tym ruszyć korpusu •6. potem możesz ruszyć cały korpus i zrobić parę krążeń podążając za głową - bardzo wolno z wyczuciem! staraj się robić tyle samo powtórzeń na obie strony! •7. skłon do przodu, ja zmieniam sobie w między czasie splot nóg •8. koci grzbiet w klęku podpartym - wdech z głową do góry , wydech głowa w dół •9. ustaw szerzej kolana, stopy za kolanami w jednej linii, połóż klatkę piersiową na macie, wyciągnij ręce do przodu, oprzyj głowę na brodzie, ręce cały czas aktywne, oddech świadomy - nie spiesz się :) jeżeli czujesz się pewnie i znasz już te ćwiczenia, wykonaj je z zamkniętymi oczami 🙈 wsłuchuj się w swoje ciało i szanuj je, a będziesz zdrowa 🙌🏽 @adidaswomen @adidas #adidaswomen#adidas#zdrowie#joga#zdroweżycie#zdrowaduszazdrowecialo#yoga#sorethroat#fever#medicine#yogatherapy#yogamedicine#better#healthy#healthyme#travel#lovetottavel#gili#bali#indonesia
Hi. Remember us? 😬 So yes, we are the first to admit that running a blog and having a job is NO JOKE. Kudos to those who have side gigs! So we are bringing it back and we promise that a new blog post on our Carolina’s trip will be up this weekend. Let’s just say, we had an absolute blast and will totally be back!
7/5/18: After a couple of bottles of red the night before with friends at banyan It’s fair to say I was extremely relieved when the 4 hour ride to get to Arugam Bay was over. Arugam Bay is the surfing Mecca of Sri Lanka and is what really put it on the map. It is scattered with surf breaks and due to this, it is scattered with Aussie Batlers. We are here right at the start of the season, so the swell isn’t massive but I have already managed to check out most of the points. As soon as we arrived I hoped in a Tuk Tuk and went up the North Coast to check out Lighthouse and Whisky Point. Nothing much was happening at Light House but I managed to catch some good waves at Whisky Point which is a right hand point break, that breaks around a set of rocks. It’s a dog fight in the water, but managed to hold my own. The next morning before sunrise I headed to the Arugam Bay main point which is a reef break that on a great day goes bananas. It has been around 3foot so far so nice and fun. Lu in the meantime has been signing up to all the yoga studios and been getting very Namaste in the morning and evening. Since we are right on the coast we having been dining out on seafood which has been great. Also a new development is that we have made some friends which is exciting. Pedro and Joana from Portugal who we have been having dinner with and I go out surfing with. I also randomly ran into a friend from Nelson, Lucy in the surf! It’s a small world we live in. We are staying at Lazy Bay which is great, affordable and do a awesome breaky.