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Sri Lanka Road Trip: Shack, Jack, and Beer


There’s something to be said for having some control. Today we traveled from Kandy to Dambulla, Sri Lanka, which was only 50 miles. We haven’t discussed distances much in the past, but you don’t travel half way around the world without covering some ground.

So when we have a short trip, it’s an occasion for celebration. To celebrate this trip, we splurged and hired a car and driver (as in we were the only two people riding in the car) to take us to Dambulla. The distinct advantage to having a private car is being able to stop anywhere you want. This was a nice change for us, and we took a few photos along the way.

We had pulled over for a beautiful mountain view, and this little drink shack was a few feet away. After a week in Sri Lanka it’s obvious to us that the locals can spot a mark from a mile away. This cute, skinny kid strolled out with such a good spiel, we couldn’t resist. We both had a coke, and it was a good thing we had our own car, because we had to stop and pee about 30 minutes later. Luckily, that was free.

And the winner of the strangest fruit award is the Jack Fruit. This mammoth fruit grows from the trunk as well as the limbs of trees, and can be as long as 18 inches. When they break apart the fruit looks like thin, white square tubes. Our driver said that when cooked, it has a meat-like texture, so they use it as a substitute in meat curries.



The only thing that the final photo has to do with our trip, is that it was waiting for us at the end. This is Lion Lager, which is made in Sri Lanka. The quality of local beers varies tremendously, but this is one of the good ones. It rivals anything we’ve had anywhere in the world. Also, it didn’t hurt that there were monkeys playing in the trees just off the deck.

Happy Trails,


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