an afternoon in Galle

I think the nicest way to get to Galle is with the train. I love taking the trains on Sri Lanka, it’s so old school and you get to see alot.. Anyway, this day it rained (like so many other afternoons the past weeks). And when it rains the easiest way to get to Galle seems more fitting than the nicest; the express bus. It’s small mini buses that are more expensive to take than the bigger buses, but much more convinent. You just have to walk to the road and wave with your hand and they stop. 70 rupies and about 20 minutes to Galle from Hikkaduwa.

Our first stop is always the Old Railway Shop & Café just next to the bus station and the railway station. Runned by Catharine and Rasi who we met here our first time, two years ago. Now they have built a café on the second floor. Highly recomend it! They are #2 on TripAdvisors resurants in Galle. Try their “meal deals” and ice coffée and mango lassi.  Mhhm..

We went to a pharmacy to buy ayurvedic medicine, they had some problems with their AC…

Just a short walk away is the Galle Fort, and oh what it has changed the last two years.. From locals living in old houses to almost all being baught by foregniers who renovate them and make them in to small castles..


Fancy boutiqes opening up in every other corner..

We really like this one with old posters and maps. Couldn’t help buying a few with us home… They pack them safe for a flight  home if you ask!

But best of all shops is still the first one; Barefoot. The life work of Barbara Sansoni. They have a filial in Colombo too, check it out here.

The reason we came for was a female vocalist concert at the old Rampart Hotel.

We met up with Catharine and Rasi and people started to drop in.

Amazing Sophine Barker from Zero 7 performed, left me breathless.

So did this amazing girl: Cailin Callahan. When Catharine told us about a longboarding surfer girl who also sang and did yoga it rang a bell in my head.. And yes, we have met Cailin before, at Lombok in Indonesia like two years ago. The world is so small! She’s writing a very nice blog about her travels and life here; “Nose Walking and Trash Talking”.

It was a great night! Thank you everybody! Rasi called us a tuktuk and we had a fun ride home amog the stars and cows.

 

LAZYDAY

Both of us are so surfed and yoga:ed out you can get. So today has been one of those lazydays, even though both of us has surfed and done yoga today as well…

We have gotten in to a nice routine here in Hikkaduwa. One of the daily tasks is breakfast at Sunbeach Hotel which is like the only descent beachfront hotel / restaurant in central Hikkaduwa. And it’s not more expensive to eat there! So we are loving the sandwiches, english breakfasts and espressos more than ever with the surf right in front.

I went out for a session at the point, Linn could take photos of me without moving an inch from her sunbed at Sunbeach. Even when i was going left!

Linn beeing LAAAZY.

Place next door. Heavens gate, hell yeah! #lovingtheads

Linn went out at the reef just right in front of the hotel. Trying to pull into a barrel, are you?!

She surfed all the way into the beach and made a “Linn jump” into the sand.

This puppy has become our best friend at Sunbeach Hotel. He’s not really taken care of, can you imagine? Or well he is, but not by a single family but by tourists like us that let go and share their food, how can you not.

I got back. Did some instagramming, with wifi right from my sunbed! instagram: @pettertoremalm

Spending hours with this view.

While laying around doing very little a couple walked up to us and said, “HEY Petter & Linn!” It was Uli & Johannes!! We met 4 years ago in J-Bay, South Africa where we stayed ata amazing Ubuntu hostel, surfed, ate brai and sundowners every night. So we hanged out during the evening and had a few beers to talk through everything that can happen in 4 years. Best thing with travvelling – meeting people. Most awesome thing with this blog – keeping in thouch with them.

A good day

Today has been a good day. I’ve gotten a lot of work done, surfed for three hours and after the yoga class a girl said I had “yoga glow”. Yoga is such a new thing to me and I’m struggeling with all the new moves, so it was fun to hear. Small things we just say to each other can light up ones whole day. We should really be more generous with throwing compliments at each other. .

Last of 2012

This was my last session in 2012. Clean slightly barreling waves that I surfed laughing and having fun with a few locals. A good end and a great start of the new year!