Sri Lankan Highlands

We took a train one morning from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. Although Sri Lanka is famous for the iconic blue train, our train route took us through virtually the same scenery: the tea plantations and highlands of Sri Lanka. While sipping masala chai, we took in the magnificent surroundings. Tea was first introduced in the … More Sri Lankan Highlands

Kandy, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a small island only 29 kilometers from India’s eastern coast. It is 77% Buddhist and the national language is Sinhalese. Sri Lanka was colonized by the Portuguese, then later the Dutch, and finally the British until independence in 1948. The British called the country Ceylon, which is why the famous tea from … More Kandy, Sri Lanka

Muscat, Oman

Oman is located on the Arabian Peninsula at the mouth of the Persian Gulf. There are nearly 5 million people in Oman, most of which are in Muscat. The Portuguese occupied Oman for 143 years, from 1507 to 1650. At the peak of its influence, Oman controlled land in modern day Iran, Pakistan, and as … More Muscat, Oman

Mauritius

We spent some time recovering from Africa in Mauritius. We stayed in the same hotel and didn’t do much of anything for four days. We caught up on work, slept a lot, and hopped from restaurant to restaurant. We checked out the Grand Baie Public Beach, as well as Pereybere Beach. Per usual, Whitney tried … More Mauritius