Expat Ceylon

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Expat Ceylon
A 25-year-old Aussie who has recently expatriated to the jewel of the Indian Ocean: Sri Lanka, I write about the experience of moving to a new country, falling in love with the island and my attempts at making this place a home.
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  • Tuk-Tuk Roulette 8 months ago Tuk-tuk Roulette: a game of chance played by Colombo’s commuters. Step onto a train, bus or into a tuk-tuk to enter. Take a trip, gamble your life. Will I get to work this morning? Will my tuk-tuk be smashed to smithereens? Who knows!? It’s exhilarating! The tuk-tuk has quickly become my...
  • Book Review: The Tea Planter's Wife - Dinah Jefferies 1 year ago I’ve been trying to delve a little deeper into Sri Lanka’s history and culture by visiting the Museum and other cultural institutions around Colombo. It’s very factual but kind of dry after a while and there is no context really. After a lunch at Barefoot I wandered through the shop to find...
  • Apps You Need in Sri Lanka 1 year ago PickMe – a locally designed and operated taxi aggregation app which allows you to chose from tuk-tuks, nanos, mini, cars and vans. It’s the Sri Lankan version of Uber – except you pay in cash. The service is super cheap and they don’t have surge prices like Uber. You just need to register...
  • Six Months Abroad 1 year ago This week marks six months since my move to Sri Lanka, there have been so many ups and downs. But I can say with all certainty that the past few months have absolutely flown by. I can finally say I have a life here, though I’m not as sure that I have made a home […]
  • Airbnb No More 1 year ago Four months ago, when I realised that my rent was well above 70% of my salary I started searching for a new home in Colombo. Then I decided that I would stay put – why? Because all rentals here seem to have a 1-year minimum lease. I didn’t want to commit to a year in […]

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