First Night in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

Imagine being on an old school bus full of people and it’s unbearably humid without AC.  Let’s add a thunder and lightning storm with torrential downpour. Your first thought is probably, “ew.”  Well, it was beautiful.  I felt like I was in the middle of calendar with 12 perfect pictures of lightning bolts and the beach.  The thunder was enough to make any Californian think it’s another earthquake and the lightning was so bright that you should’ve been wearing sunglasses for proper eye protection.  Absolutely stunning!

This is part four in a series of posts about my trip to Sri Lanka.

I was officially in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka!  The sun started to pop out and the clouds moved further south. Without any hesitation, I put on my bathing suit and ran down to the beach.  My hotel had a pool, a private beach, and a restaurant.  It was perfect for what I needed but my room was not. That’s what happens when you get the “budget room.”  It didn’t even matter, though!


I sat on the beach and enjoyed the sunshine trying to peep through the clouds and watching smart people swim in a thunderstorm. Tip: Don’t make friends with the dogs on the beach – they will love you so much and they’ll try to claim you with one leg in the air.

As the sun officially set, I decided food was a good idea.  I barely eat on travel days.  I think it’s the fear of food poisoning (too much information?). So, I was hungry! I had wonderful Rice and Curry from a restaurant that everyone needs to visit!  Home Grown Rice and Curry is on a side street and has a beautiful patio dining area and amazing curry!

While I walked around Hikkaduwa, I wandered into a tiny little shop with a big sign, “SURF LESSONS WITH SUSA.”  I’ve never surfed a day in my life. My time spent in the ocean is with my mom floating just beyond the waves and pretending to be salt. That’s how weird I am 🙂 I signed up for the next day. 5 hours of surfing for $60?! You can’t beat that price!

Although an uneventful day as far as activities go, I was still in Sri Lanka, sitting on the beach, watching another storm come in, with a stomach full of the best food I’ve ever had, and a huge smile on my face.

The next day was full of activities and the start of a very special friendship that made my days exciting and sad knowing I had to leave eventually.

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