A touch of Portugal in Siolim, Goa – we’re in a 350 year old heritage property with beautiful tiled floors, wooden furniture, and the most wonderful airy, cool rooms. There are two rectangular step wells on the property, lovely common spaces, a patisserie, Blackie the dog + two turtles. The swimming pool is gorgeous, there’s yoga in the morning and a (pricey) masseur. I can’t wait to unwind. It’s been a long, busy month and I’ve been racing against the clock with work, launching a new podcast (episode 2 is out today @LSDcast) and then the Goa project or #tgp2016, where I was co-managing a track on interactive media.
Today is the first day I’ve had time to breathe! But, first a nap.
Oh, and all the rooms are named after places, our room is Damão, the Portuguese name for Daman.
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Sigiriya. Monastery turned fortress/ palace turned monastery –1,200 stairs of which I did several twice (don’t ask) and I have to wonder, how athletic were the monks and courtiers who did this multiple times a day? Or did they just lower baskets down for their groceries? Then I end up wondering about how they found footholds to paint these beautiful (very non-celibate) pictures on the sheer rock face.
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My aunt and my mother at the Jetavana stupa in Anuradhapura earlier today. We saw … 6 giant stupas today. And now we’re stupa-fied!
This is the largest in Ceylon, and *maybe* the world, according to the information on site.
Photos from Hathikucchi, one of the four earliest/main Buddhist sites in the country dating back to the 3rd century BCE.
We had the entire site to ourselves as we wandered through the ruins and climbed steep rock-hewn stairs. It was stunningly pretty, totally clean, and so quiet save the call of cicadas, the buzzing of a swarm of bees near one of sites (suspended above us in formation, holding steady, you could almost believe they were motionless), and the hoop-hoop cry of coppersmiths somewhere in the foliage.
With this, Jetwing hotel in Negombo has won #BestHotel EVER in my book. They not only encourage you to pet the #strays but also feed them (away from the bars/restaurants). YES!
There are several friendly doggies and kitties around and this official creed of kindness has totally floored me. We need more love in this crazy world, what a lovely place to start. The dogs and cats are cared for by the Dog Star Foundation. Sigh.
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