Unawatuna with the 'rentals

Going to Sri Lanka was never part of our plan, we always thought we'd reserve it for a future short holiday instead. But that all changed when my Dad and Step-Mum (that'll be Mike and Linda Turner to you) decided to head there on holiday while we were within spitting distance (if that's what you can call a 3 hour flight from Bangkok).

We skipped past Colombo, the capital, and headed straight for the Flower Garden hotel (big up to Jim, Nina, Barns, Robbie and co for the tip) in the cute little seaside town of Unawatuna on the south west coast. The 'rentals were actually staying a few kms further east in Koggala but their place was already full. This worked out well in the end though as Unawatuna had a bit more going on about it, and it also meant my Dad and Linda started to enjoy travelling by (but more particularly saying the words) 'Tuk Tuk'.

Suffice to say we had a very enjoyable and relaxing week together. Catching up while hanging out by the pool and on the beach. Drinking coconuts, tea and wine and eating tasty Sri Lankan grub.

We also took a Tuk Tuk into Galle a couple of times - a fascinating colonial walled port city that had, in its time, been controlled by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British; and with all the rich history that goes with that. Nowadays it's full of independent boutiques, caf├ęs and restaurants, making it a lovely place to while away a few hours, and its walls and ramparts make for a fine sunset stroll.

It wasn't all lazy days though... Unawatuna was to be my proper introduction to the world of Yoga. A very reasonably timed, and easy going, 9.30am Sivananda class with the ever-smiling Asiri meant we made it along every day. And we both started to feel a lot better for it.

It was fantastic to be able to spend such quality time with my Dad and Linda, but alas it had to end. They headed home to London, and we headed along the coast to Mirissa in search of Moby and Nelly...


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