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Sri Lanka, 1998

On the way back to Australia, I went to Sri Lanka to visit my mum’s side of the family.

I stayed in Colombo and hung out with my cousins before heading upcountry to stay with my aunt and uncle who were managing Norwood tea estate at the time.

Their Rhodesian ridgeback Sandy was about to have puppies which was very exciting. They also had a huge black Labrador called Salsa and a Golden Retriever called Goldie. The manager’s house had a lovely blue swimming pool which the dogs liked to swim in.

I climbed Adam’s Peak again with the creeper- a guy who was learning the art of tea growing from my uncle. The view at sunrise was good this time and I got to ring the bell at the top as I had climbed the peak before.

We went to North Cove Cabanas to stay the night. The house was recently built on top of a waterfall and they found panther paw prints in the wet concrete that had appeared overnight. It was a beautiful place to stay- I do love a water feature.

I smiled at the tea pluckers and had a tour of Norwood tea factory with my uncle, before it was time to head back to Colombo for more partying with the cousins. I took one of Sandy’s newly born puppies with me to be rehomed in the city.

It was nice to spend some time relaxing and being taken care of in Sri Lanka as my year abroad drew to a close and it was time to head back to the reality of university, finding a job and finding a place to live.

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