Sri Lanka Swing :: A Gentleman In The Jungle

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Sri Lanka Swing :: A Gentleman In The Jungle

Picture this. Sri Lanka. The hotel you’ve booked suddenly needs an extra room and the hotel manager looks to you to give up your room. You agree, albeit reluctantly. You get in the car with a driver who knows no English so you can’t ask where you’re going. After driving at least four hours, you are then dropped in the middle of the Sri Lankan jungle.

Yes, the jungle. Tall lush foliage, bugs galore and humidity so high and thick you’re dripping wet just by being outside. And, being outside is the only place to be. There is no inside. The only noise is nature reminding you-you’re not alone.

The place looks to be a resort except the only pathway there is a swaying suspension bridge stretching across a river. The only other person where you’re dropped is a man who smiles but knows zero English. The man does speak tho’ you’ve no idea what is being said so frustrated gestures take over as the only form of communication. You nod while smiling back.

You sit, twist open a stale lukewarm Coca-Cola that barely whooshes when the cap comes off, and you think – “ok, now what?” Naturally, you hop on the swing thinking of your next move and then wonder, “will I get to eat, or was breakfast my last meal until I see civilisation again?”

This is a definite go-with-the-flow moment. If there is one thing I’ve learned while travelling, especially in less developed countries, it is – don’t get nervous nor agitated when confronted with the unexpected.

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