Along with much of Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka has seen flooding in large areas of the country as well as mudslides in the up-country. It has been humbling to sit through the long rainy days in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka We’ve read, napped, and sat in our tree house of sorts, watching the monkeys jumping from tree to tree and the wild boar run for cover. We have watched the water rise throughout the Yala National Park and we finally just rolled up our pants and wore flip flops from our little treehouse to the restaurant. The rain was relentless. We saw landslides, flooding in the streets, flooding in local shops and homes, and locals stranded.
We were grateful to be all together. Though we had experienced Hurricane Sandy, in the United States, this felt different to us. It was so close, and the terrain made it difficult to clear water and roads. Yao Yao took it in stride and watched the animals, did homework, and read. Though eager to get out of the flooded area we were in good hands and waited until we were told it was safe to go. That’s a whole other story that I will write about once we’re home and sorted out.
Finally, the military was called in and was able to create an avenue for us to get to dry land and continue our journey to the dryer coastal area. Sri Lanka is a stunningly beautiful country, with warm and generous people.
Wishing them all a swift recovery as we head home to the Northeast.