If you’ve never gone camping or glamping (glamorous camping) before, a place like Leopard Trails is a perfect introduction, because you get to feel like you’re sleeping in nature, without nature crawling across your face in the middle of the night.
😌 Though I’m doing better at coexisting with things that have no business existing (looking at you jumping translucent spiders 😭) this was so much fun to experience complete with a candlelit dinner, wine around the fire, and the lulling sounds of Mother Nature at her finest. The big five at Wilpattu include leopards, water buffalos, spotted deer, bears, and elephants, and I got to see four of them!
It was so flattering to be called beautiful so many times from women who were twice as gorgeous.
Learning the currency conversion before you land will make life infinitely easier as cash is king and you’ll find yourself always needing cash for everything from food to taxis to clothes.
And it was such an inviting feeling when women and teenage girls would come up to me, look at me as if to study where I’m from, call me beautiful, and then scurry off.If there’s one thing I’ve learned about traveling, it’s that your experience will be 10x richer when you have the expertise of a local offering their native suggestions and tips.I had a driver named Jagath who treated me like his daughter, and took me through every patch of the island, teaching me Sinhalese words in between stops and checking on me in the backseat every five minutes to ask, “Photo, Miss Gloria? ” whenever he spotted an opportune photo opp — it was adorable.I plopped onto the stairs where people enter and exit and let my feet dangle out the window (please be cautious about this) and waved at all the little kids who ran from inside their house to greet yet another train full of passengers — half locals, half tourists.Kids hung their head out of the train windows letting their child-like happiness show through their grins and laughs.
I got off at my stop to check into my next accommodation at Camellia Hills, a tea bungalow in the central highlands (and where my header image was taken), ready to explore the process of tea-making by paying a visit to Norwood Tea Factory.