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ONE OF THE HARDEST things about solo travel are the mealtimes alone. I’ve luckily met some wonderful people and had dinner with others for more evenings than I have eaten alone. The fact that the food here is delicious and the staff pretty friendly has made up somewhat for eating alone.
There are some brilliant places to eat in Ahangama and Weligama and the area. My favourites are @ceylonsliders which is on the way out of town from Weligama and @thekipsrilanka in Ahangama. Ceylon Sliders has a great mix of food if you don’t want Sri Lankan food and excellent coffee. I normally have my surf lesson and then walk to Ceylon Sliders for a flat white before heading back for brunch. Today, I surfed in the afternoon and walked over for dinner - had the za’atar halloumi with aubergine, dukkah and red pepper sauce.
The Kip is not only a gorgeous vegetarian cafe but also a small hotel run by Phoebe who is one of the friendliest and kindest people I have met. I had the light tapas lunch of Caprese salad, pumpkin hummous and sourdough with a double rose iced tea. Phoebe kindly stopped by to chat to me as we had been chatting on Instagram and she shared some of her tips of the area and living there.
It’s quite refreshing to go to places where I don’t feel out of place eating on my own but if you are nervous, take a book, notebook or journal to write in or make use of the free WiFi! I actually have mostly been chatting to others including the owners and staff! What tips do you have for mealtimes when travelling?
“𝗜𝘁’𝘀 𝗮 𝗯𝗶𝗴 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗯𝗲𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱.
𝗠𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘂𝘀 𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗱𝗶𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗮𝗺𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗻𝗲𝗿 𝘄𝗲 𝘄𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗯𝗼𝗿𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗻𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗲𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗶𝘁.
𝗜 𝗱𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘂𝘀”.
~ Oberyn Martell, Game Of Thrones
(...and NO. I haven’t watched game of thrones because some of us would rather spend money on flights that fancy TV stations. Am I bitter? Kinda...yes. Let me sulk and dream of Jon Snow alone now pls)
Today I had counselling, so obviously my post today has to refer to my session. We talked about my personal progress and growth that has come by having the therapy sessions. I definitely believe I have grown and despite still having to work on lots of issues I am very proud of 2 major life decisions I’ve made which I know would not of happened without it. .
So firstly I have made the decision I am changing career. I’m currently a high school science teacher, and when I first started counselling I was so scared to admit I didn’t want to teach anymore - because I had it in my head that I had failed at my career. But... teaching gives me anxiety. I don’t enjoy it and have definitely lost my passion and love for it. Don’t get me wrong - my kids are and have always been - amazing (and completely crazy!) and I really hope in my 5 year career I have been a positive influence on them! But for various issues, teaching, (at the moment) is not for me. So time to explore new avenues - I am hoping to help people by working in mental health - this is something I feel so passionate about. So wish me luck with my job hunt! .
The second thing I have done is booked a solo holiday! I am going to spend 5 weeks travelling to New Zealand and Fiji! I know I’m 28, but I have never lived or travelled alone before. so this is something completely different for me! Something that will mean I am completely putting myself out there - and I am so excited!! 😃
Both of these things may not seem major to some people - but they are major to me. Because for the first time - in my entire life - I made both of these decisions completely for myself. For the first time - neither of these decisions were about anyone else. For the first time - I didn’t let people’s opinions influence me. For the first time - I put myself first. And that is completely ok. In fact it feels freeing! It feels amazing!! I am so very proud of both of these things!! .
So i guess this post is a bit different to my usual ones - but therapy/counselling etc can be really positive! But it’s always ok for you to put yourself first!
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