Landing on a job in Sri Lanka was somewhat serendipitous. You could say it all happened because of a google image search and an Instagram post.
Last summer I saw a Swedish backpacking backpack in a magazine and thought “that’s the one I want.” A month later, when I was making plans for a backpacking trip through Europe, I google image searched the same pack and found the coolest picture of a couple each wearing a Fjallraven backpack walking down the street in some exotic place. I clicked on the photo and it led me to a beautiful blog called Sunshinestories. Soon after, I started following them on Instagram.
This spring, Linn and Petter, the founders of Sunshinestories, posted on Instagram about a position here at their surf and yoga retreat in Sri Lanka. I applied, and now, a year after stumbling upon that backpack photo, I’m here.
I’ve been in Southern Sri Lanka for a little over a week, and it’s a very humid tropical paradise!
My first week here at Sunshinestories I had the luxury of living the life of a guest. The days went a little like this: wake up to the sound of monkey chatter, birds chirping, and Buddhist monks chanting over the town’s loudspeaker. start the day with 6am yoga. eat juicy tropical fruits for breakfast. learn to surf. eat spicy rice and curry for lunch. analyze and learn from videos of our morning surf. enjoy afternoon tea. stretch out in afternoon yoga. learn a little surf theory. eat a delicious dinner. sleep. repeat. It's as wonderful as it sounds!
Not only is the villa beautiful, but the people are also great! Every week, the retreat brings travelers with different stories and different surf levels together. It has been a lot of fun to meet so many new people and form a little community each week. We’ve had a lot of guests from Sweden, and if the trend continues, I have a feeling my Norwegian will become “Svorsk” (Swedish + Norwegian) by the end of my time here. But we'll see. It's just the start of my time in Sri Lanka, and I’m stoked to be here!
It's Sinhalese New Year today, so as I finish my post out here in the garden, there are firecrackers going off, and sometimes they're so loud I jump out of my seat. All the locals are at home with their families and it looks like a ghost town at the markets (which means it looks quite different from the pics above that I took the last few days).
Happy Sri Lankan New Year!