Sri Lanka

We spent the past ten days at a villa by the beach in southern Sri Lanka.

We visited a tea farm.

We also visited the town of Fort Galle

A sea turtle hatchery where we released a few baby turtles back into the wild. And, the following evening a mama strolled up on shore to lay her eggs.

And on our final day we went whale watching. We saw five blue whales and numerous dolphins.



Galle, Sri Lanka: Hey, I’m walking here!

We arrived in Colombo, Sri Lanka and took a three hour van ride south to the seaside town of Galle. We are staying at Skye House, an estate on the beach.

I woke up early and decided to go for a quiet walk on the beach.



About three or four houses down is a sea turtle hatchery that we were planning on visiting in the next few day. As I walked over to read the faded sign to look for information on the days and hours of operation I heard an unusual noise. It sounded like a branch splitting but much louder.

And then, not five feet in front of me, an entire palm tree toppled over.


Hey, I’m walking here!



Mid-semester recap

Since I began my Leave of Absence, which started on June 4th, 2017, I have been to 33 different cities:

  1. Cleveland, Ohio, USA 
  2. West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
  3. Lansing, Michigan, USA
  4. Chicago, Illinois, USA
  5. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  6. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  7. Memphis, Tennessee, USA
  8. San Diego, USA
  9. Soori, Bali, Indonesia
  10. Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
  11. Komodo Island, Indonesia
  12. Singapore, Singapore 
  13. Tokyo, Japan 
  14. Kyoto, Japan
  15. Hiroshima, Japan
  16. Miyajima, Japan
  17. Kanagawa, Japan
  18. Hong Kong, China
  19. Beijing, China
  20. Xi’an, China
  21. Phuket, Thailand
  22. Chaing Mai, Thailand
  23. Chaing Saen, Thailand
  24. Mekong River Cruise, Laos
  25. Luang Prabang, Laos
  26. Hanoi, Vietnam 
  27. Sapa, Vietnam
  28. Siem Reap, Cambodia
  29. Phnom Penh, Cambodia 
  30. Kep, Cambodia
  31. Yangon, Myanmar 
  32. Inle Lake, Myanmar
  33. Bagan, Myanmar