Is it possible to hitchhaike in Sri Lanka?
What happens if you go alone out from the city, and start talking to people?
What are the locals really like?
These were the questions sitting like a tumor in the back of my head. I had to find out, so I took some days where I would talk to the local people and travel with them.
It became an awesome experience!
The first time sticking out my thumb, it felt kinda ridiculous. Then the first car came. It hesitated a little, then continued. That was not the case for the second one.
“Yes yes, come in! Where are you from Sir? Norway? Very nice, very nice!”
Many questions about Norway, my travel plans and my experience had to be answered. Sri lankan’s talk. A lot.
And to answer my first question. Yes, it is super easy! Almost everyone stops and pick you up. I’ve only hiked short distances, but it is a great way to meet locals and ask them questions about what your heart may desire.
Even though you have to risk your life in traffic, it’s still safer than the bus.
After talking to a few of them, apparently the only thing they know about Norway is a Norwegian politician called Erik Solheim. He tried to help the Sri Lankan people by sending money to the Tamils. That is awesome for them. But for the Sinhalese (the native people) it was not so cool.
To wonder out of the city center is an awesome experience. Everyone smiles at you, and some people wink that they want to talk to you.
Two firemen showed me their fire station, and used their cellphone from the 90′s to add me on facebook.
“Yes, yes! I won’t be able to respond in a couple of days, but we’ll keep in contact.”
A little further some kids came, and started playing football with me on the street. One of them shook my hand, and walked back to the other like a rooster, with his nose pointing at the sun heating straight over us.
Even construction workers want’s to talk to you. I have never felt so welcome in any other country than Sri Lanka.
On my way back, a guy with a pretty big, westernized house started talking to me, and invited me in to his family. After a cup of coffee, we sat down and started talking about everything. Apparently everyone in Sri Lanka lives together in the neighbourhood, whether you’re Buddhist, Muslim og Hindu (Buddhism is the common in Sri Lanka).
“We don’t discriminate. We love tourist, taking them to house, showing a good time.” He really summed it up that friendly guy.
It is so easy to come in touch with the locals. Some people need gestures, because the English is a bit broken, but most people speak fairly well.
If you travel in the countryside you will see the most happy people with a big smile around their face. Even though they are so poor, their smiles show how joyful they are with their lives. I think I have grown as a human being after spending some time here. You can watch a video I put togheter, and you will understand :
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Hitchhaiking, meeting locals, tea plantations in Sri Lanka? -oh yes!
Is it possible to hitchhaike in Sri Lanka?