North America, Asia · 13 Days · 19 Moments · June 2017

Haley & Ashli tour Oman and Sri Lanka


25 June 2017

Heading back to the states today. Internet has been a bit spotty the last couple of days so I never got to post. Our last day in Sri Lanka πŸ‡±πŸ‡° was spent driving to the airport with a detour to see the old Portuguese Fort at Galle. My last couple of days in Oman I got to see the Grand Mosque dressed in traditional clothing, visit the old gates of muscat, and sample some delicious Arabic food! It has been an amazing trip and I've enjoyed getting to tour and experience what these two wonderful countries have to offer!

24 June 2017

Went from Yala national park to Marissa to enjoy the beach πŸ˜ŽπŸŒ΄β›±

23 June 2017

Today we headed towards the coast and Yala National Park. On the way we encountered beautiful rice paddies, monkeys πŸ’ reading newspapers and old Buddha carvings. Upon arrival to Yala, we hopped into a safari vehicle and drove into the park to catch a glimpse of the wildlife. We saw wild buffalo, dear, crocodiles, eagles, elephants, and even a sleeping leopard!

22 June 2017

Today we hiked up to Ella Rock! It was a mixture of hiking along the train tracks, through tea plantations and up a steep Rocky Mountain. Although it was a hot and somewhat strenuous hike, it was all worth it when we got to the top! We spent the rest of the day relaxing, eating, and drinking tea 😜

21 June 2017

Slept in a little this morning for the first time. Started the day out with an English breakfast and a walk in Victoria garden. Nuwara Eliya is called "little England" here. From there we boarded a train for Ella. The train was AMAZING! It wound through the mountains and tea plantations and had wonderful views! Staying the night in Ella for a few days to hike...and Ella is backpack central! Lots and lots is tourists.

20 June 2017

Woke up early to head to head to an elephant ride and to help bathe them. Left kandy and headed to the mountains where there are lots of beautiful tea plantations. We are staying the night in a 19th century British cottage, Ferncliff.

19 June 2017

Went to see Lion's Rock, a beautiful ancient palace on top of a natural rock formation. After our tour there, we headed toward Kandy. We saw a cultural dance show, Hindu temple and Buddha temple.

18 June 2017

Made it to Sri Lanka today! Left at 445 am this morning and got to our hotel around 900 pm. We've already tried some local fruit (rambutans...my favorite!) and we already saw a wild elephant!!

17 June 2017

Our final stop of the day was in a small village on the way back to muscat that had theses bee-give tombs that date back 5,000 years. They spotted the barren mountain landscape in this region.
From Nizwa we headed high up into the mountains to small agriculture villages of Jebel Akhdar
Started off the day on the road to the mountains. Stopped at a city called Nizwa and explored the Souq (marketplace). We also checked out Nizwa Fort as well as the old city.

16 June 2017

Beach day! Woke up, at breakfast and headed to the beach. It's the middle of Ramadan and the hottest part of the year...so we had the beach to ourselves! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ˜ŠπŸ

15 June 2017

Sifawy Boutique Hotel...drove out here to stay the night. Small resort tucked between the mountains and the ocean. The weather is a bit breezier than the city...so not as hot.

14 June 2017

Omani sunset πŸŒ…...absolutely beautiful
Royal Opera house

13 June 2017

In Qatar πŸ‡ΆπŸ‡¦ for my layover...almost there 😊

12 June 2017

Boarding a 14 hour flight to Doha ✈️ πŸ‡ΆπŸ‡¦
Thankful for jenn who helped me on this first leg of my journey from Oklahoma to Dallas!
The worst part of any trip is worrying about what you packed..will it be enough? Do I have everything for any circumstance I could possibly be in? It always is enough, in fact, it's always way too much πŸ˜•