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The Sri Lankan Odyssey – Exploring Sri Lanka

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The sun had just been rising slow as the blue waves splashed into the beach front, the horizon stretch at Negombo was slowly spreading with orange and occasional pixels of black dots at the end of it, in constant motion. Wide beaked seagulls strutted across the beach, hopping. Hiding away from their eyes are puny crabs.  They run diagonally into the tiny holes on the wet sand. A little amusement and awe at that splendid image is only going to add into my stash of visual fortunes and so I stopped in curiosity.

I paused near the shore, white and golden sands all over my feet, wind that blew and pampered me, head to toe with the flip-flops studded with mud that shone; I waited for a good view of the huge boats and their bounty. Coconut palms agreed in unison.

A long walk on the white sands gave me a lot of memories to paint my heart walls with. Those tiny pixels from far the horizon had now turned into huge boats as they approached the shore. One of them came over right in front of me! It was one of the best sights that my eyes treasured! The boat made a creaking noise, as though it wasn’t so happy to have gotten back into the land. A few fishermen onboard, still in their prime of enthusiasm even after the rough seas, jumped off the trawlers, tugged at the honey-coloured ropes fasted on one of the brass beams. I watch, in utter amusement.

The pointy wooden nose of the large boat dripped wet, salty from the sea. The large sails fluttered happily, in the wind.

I peeked, into the large belly the boat had, and I found fishes piled, colourful with button eyes and the relieved smiles on the fishermen. The large boat swayed on the loose waves and the fishermen pulled the ends of the rope to bring it to rest, on the shore. They pulled hard, raising many ‘ahoy’s that echoed through the pristine, breezy beach. The boat although, hardly was in a hurry!

I couldn’t miss this golden opportunity in no time and so I kept down my flip flops, took an end of the thick rope from an old fisherman, tugged at it hard, twining it around my wrists and pulled hard, towards me. The boat moves in, tearing the waves beneath. For a split second, the waves touched over my feet, sending a trail of goose bumps through my spine on the balmy sunny day.  The large boat approached the shore as the oars made clinking noises as it clang the padlocks on the inside of the boat. The padlocks safeguarded an iron trunk that probably contained the passports and documents of these fishermen, just in case when they battle the sea and it’s mighty bounty. The fishermen, who were left on the trawler, jumped off and gave me a warm smile for my team play.

As I continued my walk on the beach, with the flipflops in my hand a tune on my lips, I turned back, looking at the large boat. The fishermen are engrossed in unloading the fish into small buckets and boxes. A bunch of crows are snooping around, swooshing and flying crisscross, in the hope for some fish off the boat. Dogs are at a distance with puppy eyes, in hope as well. Cats lurk behind the boxes, only to be shooed away by the menfolk. A few people have come and stood by the boat, talking to the head fisherman. He is arguing, sometimes disagreeing, and shaking his head vigorously. He is happy for sometime and immediately to another man, he shouts. At work, I see that he is.

He probably owns the ride and masters it.

Unpacking. Transferring. Bargaining. Buying. Shifting. Whispering. Hustling. Whistling. Cacophony.

Catamaran beach hotel

Catamaran beach hotel

I retreat into my cozy room at the Catamaran beach hotel at Negombo. It’s a peaceful property on this calm beach front. Rich with heritage architecture and excellent client service, they are just a pleasure to be with.  We see wonderful ethnic wooden furnitures abundantly used on this property. Outside the hotel, on the sands and overlooking the sea, some vendors who sold rugs and curios are calling out at tourists for their share of earning. How buying has influenced us all so! A little girl who sold antique jewellery pieces calls out at me, displaying a chunky necklace she lifts up from her tray of goodies,  “madam, this! This! You want?”

A huge badam tree not so far off, has a couple of young boys playing cards under. They shout in excitement at the poker game, startling a dog that was sleeping in the shade. A lonely cycle was resting on the tree trunk as I sipped my apple mojito at the Catamaran hotel Bar on the first floor. Looking down the balcony, I see a large swimming pool with blue water and an aquamarine beach ahead of me. Life just felt good.

But I had more to discover in this tiny beach town. As evening comes, I am off, to a flea market at the end of the beach. I can’t wait to lay my hands on beaded jewelery and sip some hot piping tea. So, tell me, when do you want to come over?

lazing around

lazing around

closer view.

closer view.

Sri Lankan beach shacks

aqua blue pool

aqua blue pool

Sri Lankan beach coconuts

Lazy warm benches for rest

Lazy warm benches for rest

sri lankan hawkers

hawkers

sri lankan sellers who sell rugs

sellers who sell rugs

 

 

The view through the Catamaran beach hotel at Negombo.

The view through the Catamaran beach hotel at Negombo.

 

 

Furnitures in teak wood

beach hotel - the inside

beach hotel – the inside

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Most Effective Tips For Booking Cheaper Flights

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When you plan your trip, one of the major expenses tend to be the airfare as it is hard to avail last minute cheap flights. In other words, airfare has a detrimental impact on selecting the destination where you wish to go as you have to cut down your expenditure somewhere. So that you do not have to change your travel destination to avail of an affordable flight we are here with some Most Effective Tips For Booking Cheaper Flights. These are as follows:

1. Try to book early

Just like an early worm catches the bird, similarly to avail Emirates Airlines Booking at a cheap rate it is necessary that you book the flight as soon as you have decided to leave. 3 weeks prior to departure, the price of the flight tends to jump by leaps and bound. If you are able to book your tickets between 3 months to 30 days prior to the departure, you are sure to get the best deals on flight tickets. Another advantage of doing so is that you get to book the seat of your choice

2. Don’t be adamant about travel dates

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One of the best ways to ensure savings on ticket booking is by being flexible. Here, by flexibility, we imply that you need to have travel plans that can be set as per the availability of cheap tickets. If you fly mid-week or on days when people usually avoid traveling, like Christmas, you tend to get airplane tickets at a very cheap price. You can surely not be flexible to the place you are traveling to or the airport you are opting for but you can surely be flexible as far as the traveling dates are concerned.

3. Opt for a connecting flight

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Another way of saving on your airplane ticket is by booking a connecting flight. The non-stop flight is known to be comfortable but very expensive as compared to their counterpart. However, this is only possible if you are not in a hurry to reach the destination but this way you can really save a lot of money on air tickets.

4. Take help of price alerts

It is not necessary that you have to book the flight today for the travel that you ought to make after 4 months to avail of a better deal. Instead, you can opt for setting the alerts for the price change and price drop. If you witness that prices are fluctuating then you can wait for the moment when the price drop to the best but if these are witnessed going upwards you should book instantly before letting it reach the peak.

All in all, these are the Most Effective Tips For Booking Cheaper Flights. By availing the best deals on airfare, you end up saving a lot that can then be utilized in planning the trip in a better and more lavish way. so, next time you book a flight be sure to keep these tips in mind.

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What You Don’t Know About Broadway

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New York is famous all over the world for Broadway and the West End, but there’s a lot that you probably don’t know about the area. 

Most people, for instance, are stunned to find out just how many theatres there are. At the last count, there were nearly fifty along Broadway and off Times Square, with the number steadily rising over the decades to accommodate the new global audience. 

Phantom of the Opera is the currently title-holder for the longest-running West End show. It started in 1988 and is still going today, more than thirty years later. Chicago is the second-longest-running show. 

The West End is also much more popular among women than it is men. Estimates suggest that 66 percent of the audience is female at most shows. 

Finding a show that you actually want to see on Broadway, however, can be a challenge. What makes a great theatre experience for one person might not for another. 

Fortunately, we’re offering some help. Below, you’ll find a helpful decision tree that can guide you to the type of show that you’ll like the most based on your answers to a series of questions. You’ll end up in one of five categories of musical, each designed to fit your personality and experience of the West End. Try it for yourself now. 


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So what did you think? Which type of Broadway-goer are you? Somebody who lives to love it up with a romantic production, or a person who just wants something that makes you feel good? 

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6 Things To Do In Dubai With Kids

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Dubai is one of the favourite tourist destinations owing to the fact that it has in store something or the other for all and sundry. It is well supplies with entertainment and attractions. Every year a lot of visitors from all across the globe come to visit this beautiful and charming city. Some come as couple and other with their friends but there are few who also get their kids along. There are a plenty of things to be done with family, friends and kids. Here we are going to share with you the 6 Things To Do In Dubai With Kids.

6 Things To Do In Dubai With Kids

Though when it comes to an adult, we do not give a second thought to agreeing doing an activity that we have heard of but this cannot be the case when we are with kids. You ought to carefully tailor your trip so that you can have fun yourself and let you children also enjoy without posing any risk to them. The list of things to see and do in Dubai is endless, so here we are going to restrict ourselves with the popular activities for kids in Dubai.

1. Dinner Cruise Dubai Marina

If you are in Dubai with your kids then instead of exposing them to the play areas and other things immediately, it is better to take them out for a cruise dinner that is surely going to be a dazzling start from them. Kids and aged alike are fond of the cruise dinners and if it has to be one like Dubai Marina then you need not give it a second thought. Your kids are sure to enjoy the mouth-watering dishes belonging to different cuisines at Dinner Cruise Dubai Marina and a variety of soft drinks served on board. There are also the live performances to charm your children though they will be able to enjoy it a little more if they are 12 years or above.

2. Motiongate Dubai

To the major places of attractions in Dubai there has been a recent addition and it is Motiongate. Opened back in 2016, it claims to be in the list of one of the largest themed entertainment parks across the region. It also comprises of the three largest as well as the most prolific Hollywood studios including Dreamworks, Lionsgate, and Columbia Pictures. It is popular for bringing to life the most loved animated stories as well as characters. You get to be the part of the golden age of filmmaking as you get to actually go behind the scenes to get the real life experience of the movie sets in addition to exploring the inner workings of the production studio. At the end you can also witness the live action stage show that is based on movies like the The Hunger Games or Step Up.

3. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Unlike the other aquariums around the world, this one is unique as it is a home to the largest acrylic sheet of the world showing off the sharks along with fish and sting rays. You simply need to walk around the pedestrian tube and you get an opportunity to go extremely close to the marine life. Exactly above the aquarium there is an Underwater Zoo which is another mesmerizing activity to do. Here you get to witness the painting otters that are trained along with the interesting insects as well as playful penguins. Do make visiting tis aquarium and zoo a priority to do item in your list and witness it doing miracle to the happiness of your child.

4. KidZania

If you have a kid accompany you to Dubai then there is one thing that you must not forget to do. It is paying a visit to KidZania. KidZania is basically a play club that is located in Dubai Mall. To children who are above 4 to children less than 16, this place offers them a safety to explore all the play dreams that they have ever had. While some can go in for exploring the role-playing activities mimicking the real-world counterparts, there are a myriad of other interesting things also to do for kids.

5. Dubai Fountains

Children are naturally inclined towards finding the fountains mesmerizing and if it has to be the one that is the tallest then you cannot even imagine the happiness that it gets to your kid. Dubai Fountain Show is based over the enormous crystal clear man-made lake in the tallest building of the world. These fountain shows take place every half hour for around ten minutes in the evening. There are two shows that take place during the day. These are very beautiful and stunning to look at and are sure to make your kid surprised and give him an experience that he will cherish his entire life.

6. Waterpark

If it Dubai, the vacation of your kid cannot be counted complete unless and until he has not witnessed the waterpark of the city. There can be nothing more soothing on a sunny day than a visit to the waterpark, primarily if you are in Dubai. This waterpark that we are talking about finds a decent location at the tip of the colossal man-made island, termed as The Palm. The waterpark is known to feature a number of heart-pumping slides that also includes The Leap of Faith, implying a 9-storey drop and Shark Attack.

7. Sega Republic

In other parts of the world you are more familiar with the term Time zone, that here in Dubai is popular as Sega Republic. Here, you get to explore the two floors of the theme park rides in addition to the endless rows of the arcade games. There is also an enormous indoor playground  to be found here that is entirely supervised so that the adults can drop off their kids free of care to compete in the round of the head-to-head car simulator racing.

All in all, these are the Things To Do In Dubai With Kids. These activities are surely going to keep your kids engaged without compromising on their safety. Meanwhile you can enjoy strolling around the place.

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