Jet lag is beginning to wear off, so I thought it was probably about time to share some photos from our recent trip to Sri Lanka and Indonesia. This trip was special because it wasn’t just vacation–it was the chance for me to FINALLY visit one of my best friends in the whole world, and her husband. We had a fabulous time and it was hard to come home– I just wanted to keep traveling and keep spending time with friends forever. We are so thankful we had the opportunity to visit after talking about it for nearly three years.
Like all great adventures, there was much that didn’t go “as planned”, which could make some great stories for another day. In the meantime, here are some of our favorite moments ( some photos courtesy of our good friends the Steelys). Enjoy!
One of our favorite parts of traveling is experiencing the “real” life of that area–living with local people instead of hotels, eating local foods, visiting typical grocery stores, riding public transportation, etc. While we got the chance to do some of this in Sri Lanka (the train we rode was full of schoolchildren headed home, our driver was able to answer our millions of questions about Sri Lankan culture, and we did stay in a bed and breakfast-type local home one night with AMAZING food!), this was also one of our favorite parts about the week we spent in Jakarta. Visiting the international school where our friends teach, meeting their friends and coworkers, and getting to try all sorts of food from the local grocery stores was definitely a highlight. Each part of the trip was therefore wonderful in its own way.
So, when will we be back to Asia? ? I still haven’t made it to Thailand (which is probably a blog post for another day as well) and I think Ben’s convinced that the coffee culture in some places might be worth checking out further. 🙂 Who knows what the future will hold..but for now we’re thankful to be back in the Pacific NW, with brilliant orange leaves, lots of puddles, and bike lanes!