Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday 26th July 2018 – Sri Lanka and Iceland – Two amazing places to visit

I have been spending a little time each day broadening my horizons. I decided to look for blogs at random through my reader on certain places or experiences and today I plugged in Sri Lanka. I went to live there at nearly two years old returning to the UK when I was four. My first memories are very vivid and it is somewhere I would love to revisit as an adult.  I also watch the The Good Karma Hospital which is partly filmed on the island.

If you decide to go on holiday here is a blog that might help you decide on your next adventure not just in Asia but in Europe too. Here is a lovely post from Punita Malhotra of 100 Cobbled Roads

Wild elephant adventures in Habarana, Sri Lanka

Deep in the north-central jungles of Sri Lanka, at the shores of an ancient reservoir built by King Mahasen more than 1,700 years ago, a centuries-old communal ‘Gathering’ tradition lives on. Each dry season (June to September), hundreds travel here from all across the region for the world’s biggest pool party. The place: Minneriya National Park. The species: herds of elephants. The spectacle: pure magic. Naturally, we are stoked at the prospect.

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Courtesy: Wikipedia

Jetwing Lake, Dambulla makes a perfect base for our wild elephant adventure in the heart of the cultural triangle. The expansively-designed hotel in the midst of the verdant nature with lake-facing rooms, large window-less ground floor restaurant, and benches hidden under a leafy corner of vast gardens…sets the right tone for the wildlife experience that would be the highpoint of our trip.

Head over and discover more about this adventure there are over 30 photos of the elephant reserve and safari: https://100cobbledroads.com/2018/06/07/the-most-astounding-wildlife-adventure-in-sri-lanka/

Here is a blog from January Traveller with a list of 10 things to do in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a wonderful place to spend a holiday. There’s so much history and culture there that one visit probably won’t be enough. Here is my top ten list of things to do when visiting this beautiful island.

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Elephants, Kaudulla National Park, Sri Lanka – January Traveller

View the Wildlife. Sri Lanka is one of the best places in the world for spotting wildlife and while no appearance or sighting is guaranteed, taking a safari here is a must. From herds of elephants to the elusive leopard and hundreds of bird species, Sri Lanka is a diverse haven for wildlife.

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Mihintale- Ancient Hospital, Sri Lanka – January Traveller

Explore ancient ruins. There’s the ancient hospital at Mihintale complete with a hollowed out stone bath and central shrines. Or the climb up the Great Stairway at Anuradhapura to the temples and spectacular views. Sri Lanka has a rich history with some intriguing ruins to explore.

Head over and find out about the other top things to do in Sri Lanka: https://januaryjourneys.com/2018/05/28/top-ten-things-to-do-in-sri-lanka/

Now for a complete change of environment, the first part of author Noelle Granger’s adventure to Iceland – Here is the first part and you can find parts 2 and 3 linked to as well at the end of the post.

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Our vacation? Circumnavigating Iceland, part 1 by Noelle Granger.

About a year ago, some friends of ours told us they were going to sign up for a tour that would take them around Iceland on a boat. Iceland was on our bucket list, so we decided to go, too. Let me say at the outset that this was a challenge for me, in several respects, and I’m still recuperating from our adventure!

We flew there on Iceland Air, landing at Keflavik, a town about an hour from the capital of Reykjavik, Keflavik was essentially created by Americans during WW II, as a military airfield serving for refueling and transit. The airport there is modern and automated.
Iceland is a Nordic Island country (it was ruled by Denmark until WW II) in the North Atlantic with a population of around 350,000, two thirds of which lives in the capitol city. It is volcanically and geologically active and is the most sparsely populated European country.
I was a dummy about Iceland, except that it was an island with volcanoes and unique horses, before we went there, so I’ll try to throw in some facts as I go along.

We waited most of the day for the others in our small group of 16 before being bused to Reykjavik and our hotel. The ride was remarkable for two things: the surrounding flat lava field, covered in moss, that extended as far as we could see, and our bus drive falling asleep and nearly driving off the road into said lava field. 

Head over and read the rest of part one of Noelle’s adventure and enjoy the photos and guide: https://saylingaway.wordpress.com/2018/07/22/our-vacation-circumnavigating-iceland-part-1/

Noelle is an author in the Cafe and Bookstore

Noelle Granger, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/N.A.-Granger/e/B00DN6I8GQ
Blog: https://saylingaway.wordpress.com/

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I hope you have enjoyed the travel today and more posts on Monday from our hugely diverse and informative blogging community.

 

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13 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday 26th July 2018 – Sri Lanka and Iceland – Two amazing places to visit

  1. What amazing places. I would love to visit both of them. It cracked me up how close the elephants get to the cars. They’re so sociable. Thanks for sharing these posts, Sally. I have to head over and read the rest of Noelle’s. 🙂

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  2. There are so many amazing places on our planet that I would like to see. I think that is one reason I began reading at such a young age. I found that I could travel the world through pages of a book.

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  4. Got to read this. Sounds amazing! Away at the moment. No internet!

    Jo

    On Thu, 26 Jul 2018, 18:01 Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life, wrote:

    > Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life. posted: ” I have been spending > a little time each day broadening my horizons. I decided to look for blogs > at random through my reader on certain places or experiences and today I > plugged in Sri Lanka. I went to live there at nearly two years old > returning to th” >

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