After some hard days on the road it’s always nice to come back to a familiar place to chill. That place for us is Borderlands base on the Kitugala River. Thing is, this time round there wasn’t much in the way of chilling. We were helping Wade out taking over 100 Sri Lankans, from Victoria Secret, rafting and canyoning. We met some really interesting people, Niamh even nearly got some free underwear! Turned out to be a great weekend. Don’t know who enjoyed it more, the clients or us!

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With such a big group our help as raft guides, canyoning guides, safety kayakers and general entertainment was much appreciated. Our photos of the weekend were definitely a hit with the clients too. These were projected on the big screen before the evening party, along with a slide show of our exploits over the past two weeks. Many people were impressed and surprised at the quality of rivers and scenery in their own country. 

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After a late night of Arrack (local spirit), a million photos and some moves being thrown, on top of a few early mornings hard at work (with payment of copious amounts of excellent food), we were shattered. But with Sri Lankas biggest festival taking place an hour and a half away, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity of heading over to the Perihara ‘Festival of Lights’.

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This takes place in Kandy, where a huge procession of musicians, dancers, fire spinners and of course, 60 elephants in fairy lights! The major reason for the festival is to parade Buddha’s tooth. It is said that this tooth was pulled out to make Buddha cry and signifies the start of the monsoon season in the North of the country. That’s what we like to hear!

Sandra
8/14/2011 06:57:50 am

Hey,
Sounds like you guys are having an awesome time. Hope the monsoon brings you awesome water levels and cracking new runs!
Sandra

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