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Revised Itinerary for Bangkok, Sri Lanka, and Maldives

Day

Place

Areas to Cover

 

Day 1 ~ Day 5

 

Bangkok

·                 Palaces

·                 Temples

·                 Visit friends

Day 6

 

Colombo

·                 Arrive in Colombo

Day 7

 

 

Colombo

·                  Visit high school

·                  High School Reunion

Day 8

 

Colombo

·                  Visiting temples

·                  Visit Old Colombo

Day 9

 

Colombo

·                  Fashion show at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel

Day 10~Day 11

Southern beaches

·                  Mount Lavinia

·                  Bentota

·                  Galle

·                  Hanbantota

·                  Yala

·                  Hickaduwa

Day 12 ~ Day 17

 

Hill country

·                  Adam’s Peak

·                  Horton Plains

·                  Nuwara Eliya

·                  Uda National Park

Day 17 ~ Day 19

 

Kandy

·                  Kandy

·                  Elephant orphanage

·                  Sinharaja Forest

Day 19 ~ Day 24

 

Cultural Triangle

·                  Dambulla

·                  Polanarua

·                  Annaradnapura

Day 24 ~ Day 22

Colombo

·                  Transferring to the Maldives

Day 22 ~ Day 26

Maldives

·                  Maldives

Day 26 ~ Day 29

Colombo

·                  Back to Colombo to meet with journalists

 

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The Model United Nations Team Goes to The Hague

One of my blogger buddies from Findland just posted a picture of her at this same castle I was at in 1993, so I decided to write about it and my trip there.

January 1993

                   This time we represented the Maldives (I think we were given this country because the Maldives is very close to Sri Lanka and is also a very small country).  This tournament was going to take a lot of planning on our part.

          Not only was there going to be a lot of research involved, but we had to figure out how we were going to get there. 

          Flying to Europe was not going to be easy with all the costs involved.  We were going to need a sponsor.  KLM became our sponsor

           Upon touchdown in Amsterdam I saw the Alps covered in snow from my airplane window.

View from the Airplane

View from the Airplane

          After arriving in Amsterdam, we had to take a 2-hour train ride to The Hague.  Most of us had never been on an express train like this before.  It was both exciting and nerve racking at the same time.  

On the Train to The Hague.

On the Train to The Hague.

          The next day, the debates started.  As I walked into the main room, I could feel my heart start to pound.  I had never seen this many people in a room ever.  The theater was two levels, which was filled with delegates representing all the countries of the world.  It took us a while to find our reserved seats.

          On the last day, we went back to Amsterdam to see the Muiderslot Castle.

Inside the Debate Room

Inside the Debate Room

At the Castle

At the Castle

            

The Castle

The Castle


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Places to Visit in Bangkok, Sri Lanka, and Maldives

Photographs from Maldives

Photographs from Maldives (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Photographs from Maldives

Photographs from Maldives (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Photographs from Maldives

Photographs from Maldives (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Photographs from Maldives

Photographs from Maldives (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Maldives

English: Maldives (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Photographs from Maldives

Photographs from Maldives (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sorry for posting a blog more than once in a day.  I try not to do this as I know you are all very busy people, but I wanted to post this before I get more busy today.  This is my revised schedule.  Again, please let me know if you think I am missing anything.  Another reminder to 28 days to go!.

Day

Place

Areas to Cover

 

Day 1 ~ Day 4

 

Bangkok

·                 Palaces

·                 Temples

 

Day 4 ~ Day 6

 

Colombo

·                 Temples in Colombo

 

Day 7

OSC

·                  Visiting Overseas School (my high school)

Day 8 ~ Day 12

Southern beaches

·                  Galle Fort

·                  Yala National Park

·                  Bentota

·                  Mt Lavinia

Day 12 ~ Day 17

 

Hill country

·                  Adam’s Peak

·                  Horton Plains

·                  Nuwara Eliya

·                  Uda National Park

Day 17 ~ Day 19

 

Kandy

·                  Kandy

·                  Elephant orphanage

·                  Sinharaja Forest

Day 19 ~ Day 24

 

Cultural Triangle

·                  Dambulla

·                  Polanarua

·                  Annaradnapura

Day 24 ~ Day 22

 

Colombo

 

Day 22 ~ Day 26

 

Maldives

·                  Maldives

Day 26 ~ Day 29

 

Colombo

 

Map of the Area I be Visiting

Map of the Area I be Visiting

Traffic waiting at a busy intersection in cent...

Traffic waiting at a busy intersection in central Bangkok. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Back to Sri Lanka 20 Years Later

Bangkok monk

Bangkok monk (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Bangkok

Bangkok (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Ceylon Tea

Ceylon Tea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tea plantation in Sri Lanka

Tea plantation in Sri Lanka (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Bends like these are frequently encou...

English: Bends like these are frequently encountered while travelling to the Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kandy colombo railway

Kandy colombo railway (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sambhur at Maha-Eliya national park- Sri Lanka

Sambhur at Maha-Eliya national park- Sri Lanka (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tea plantation in the Sri Lankan highlands.

Tea plantation in the Sri Lankan highlands. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Horton Plains, Sri Lanka

English: Horton Plains, Sri Lanka (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Colombo

Colombo (Photo credit: BriYYZ)

I am excited to announce that I will be leaving Korea for Bangkok, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives on Nov 12.  I will be writing an entire chapter dedicated to what it is like to visit Sri Lanka now with the war being over.  If you would like to meet me in person at any of these destinations, please contact me at your earliest convenience to reserve your spot.

Day 1 ~ Day 4
Nov 12 ~ Nov 15 Bangkok 3 nights • Palaces
• Temples
• Visit friends
Day 4 ~ Day 6
Nov 15 Colombo • Meet with journalists
• Temples in Colombo
• Talk to publishers and printing companies
• Visit bookstore

Day 6
Nov 16
Colombo • Meeting with editor-in-chiefs
Day 7
Nov 18 9am OSC morning • Visiting my high school

Day 8 ~ Day 12
Nov 19 ~ Nov 23 Southern beaches 4 nights • Galle Fort
Yala National Park
Bentota
• Mt Lavinia

Day 12 ~ Day 17
Nov 23 ~ Nov 28 Hill country 5 nights • Adam’s Peak
Horton Plains
Nuwara Eliya
• Uda National Park

Day 17 ~ Day 19
Nov 28 ~ Nov 30 Kandy 2 nights • Kandy
• Elephant orphanage
• Sinharaja Forest

Day 19 ~ Day 24
Nov 30 ~ Dec 5 Cultural Triangle 5 nights • Dambulla
• Polanarua
• Annaradnapura

Day 24 ~ Day 22
Dec 5 ~ Dec 6 Colombo 1 nights • Transferring to the Maldives
Day 22 ~ Day 26
Dec 6 ~ Dec 10 Maldives 4 nights • Maldives

Day 26 ~ Day 29
Dec 10 ~ Dec 12 Colombo 2 nights • Back to Colombo to meet with journalists

*Note that an extra few days should be added to each area due to needing more time in the area or traffic and cancellations.

 

 

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