Some people go on holiday to the remote tropics and say, “I could live here.” If you’re Swedish blogger Linn Lundgren of Sunshine Stories
you make good on that promise. After being repeat visitors of the island of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean, Linn and her boyfriend Petter returned late last year, this time with no return tickets.
The island of Sri Lanka located on the southern tip of India has had a history of civil war that deterred tourism for many years. Now in a peaceful state, surfers in particular are psyched on discovering playful waves all to themselves. Following up on the Sunshine Stories Guide to Surfing in Sri Lanka last year
, we checked in with Linn to find out more about transitioning from being a tourist to a local in Sri Lanka.
By Linn Lundgren, Sunshine Stories
We live in Ahangama on the south coast of Sri Lanka and in this village there’s almost no tourists. We live in a neighborhood with “real” people and that has giving me a lot of understanding of their culture and language. By respecting the locals with how you dress, act and also some easy Singhalese phrases, you go a very long way. The Sri Lankans are very easy to connect with. That the fruit and veggie prices are lower than when you’re a tourist!
Right now we’re renting a big, newly renovated colonial villa and for the first time in the four years we’ve come to the island I was able to buy all those things I’ve been eyeing down as a tourist: baskets in all form and sizes, graphic art work, plants etc. I had a local tailor make me 100 of meters of flags in happy sri lankan fabric to pimp the villa to feel at home. I also love to be able to walk out of the door and find awesome leafs and flowers (not to mention fresh coconuts). I pimp the whole house with leafs.
The waves are more mellow than in Indo, for example. Here there are waves for everyone! Both mellow waves, tubing waves, long waves, short waves, beach breaks and reef breaks. I get a lot of questions of where to sleep, eat and surf! We also rent out rooms in our villa, bed & breakfast style, email me at my blog
if you’re coming to the island and are interested!
We’ve had so many friends and family members that have come visiting us and they’ve brought Swedish cheese, chocolate, coffee, rye bread. Food, friends and family is usually what I miss most from home and this winter we’ve had it all!