As much as tuk tuks look a bit funny to us Westerners,
they are truly the best and the fastest way to get around a big city, like
Colombo, Sri Lanka. The problem is not so much about the rickety vehicle, but
about the drivers, they might give Westerners a hard time, especially if they
are a greedy kind.
After four visits to Sri Lanka, I believe I have
gathered enough experience to write a short how-to-guide, hopefully
minimalizing your chances of getting swindled as it had happened to me on
Those who have been following me on Instagram for the last two weeks know that I've been traveling around Sri Lanka and Singapore. That is also one of the reasons why I have disappeared from the blog for a month. So much was happening that I literally did not have the time to sit down and blog about it, which is perhaps even better, because my best blog posts are always in retrospective.
Year's Eve is around the corner and with it the end of 2014. I have to say I
was quite pleased with this year – no major health problems, no scary
boyfriends, no clingy attention-seeking friends… yes, 2014 has been good to me.
learned a lot this year, and if I compare it to 2009, I truly believe I have
grown spiritually, as corny as that sounds. I know more what I want, I have
more realistic expectations of myself and what is more important, I know my
limits. Seven years ago, this would have been impossible, I had absolutely no
idea who I was or what I wanted in life and it was a really scary phase. Not a
cool scary phase like Julia Roberts has in Eat Pray Love because you know that
the movie has a happy ending and everything just works itself out because she’s
Julia Roberts. This was the reality of my life with recession knocking on my
door, with absolutely no guarantee of a happy ending. In real life, you just
don’t know what’s coming next and that can be quite stressful.
That is why
I have come up with a to-do list that would help me improve the quality of my
life in 2015, so here it goes: