During our stay at @mahagedararetreat We went on many interesting excursions. Being an experienced technical caver, Ed was super excited to visit the Dambulla Cave Temples. Little did we know the temples were built into more of a rock over-hang then into an actual cave. Even though it was not what was expected, We still really enjoyed checking out this cultural site. . On a humorous side note, when we were at the bottom of the temple there were ladies selling flowers to bring up as an offering to Buddha. Add got some flowers and was carrying them up to the temple when a bunch of monkeys, and especially one we later found out was that king monkey took off after him. After Ed's futile attempts at shooing them away did not work he finally threw them a couple flowers which they greedily grabbed and ran away to eat. As it turned out in Sri Lanka (and also in Thailand) Ed is a monkey magnet! Monkeys commonly follow and harass him which was both humorous and slightly frightening! . . Have you ever been harassed by an animal? Or are you a magnet for any kind of animal, or insect for that matter? I (Jenn) attract all of the mosquitoes while Ed never gets bit😣
Elephants, Elephants, Elephants! One of the coolest things we did while staying @mahagedararetreat was this wild elephant Jeep safari in Kaudulla National Park in Sri Lanka. We have never seen so many elephants in one place! Everywhere we looked elephants were just going about their business being elephants ❤🐘❤ When we saw these baby elephants wrestling it was so stinking cute that I (Jenn) actually started crying from a cuteness overload!! We will be posting a few more elephant pictures throughout our feed in the next couple weeks, because we just had too many cute ones not to share! . . On the subject of elephants.... is #Thailand on anyone's travel itinerary for 2018?? Winner of Green Award, National Geographic World Legacy Finalist, Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence winner, Elephant Hills Luxury Tented Camps Has partnered with us to #Giveaway a 3 day/2 night Jungle Lake Safari for 2 adults over 18 (valued over $1200)!! Having done it ourselves, we can honestly say that it is an amazing unforgettable experience!! . . Head over to the link in our profile @coleman_concierge To read the post about our experience and enter to win from the link in the post!! . . Have you ever been up close and personal with an elephant?
Was Sigiriya Rock a pleasure palace fortress built by a playboy king or some kind of indigenous temple? We heard the stories from our guide and even official sources about how the ruler, King Kashyapa, killed his good and noble father and then build a new capital at Sigiriya. Based on the frescoes, and a deep seated hatred of usurpers, slanderous stories abound about life at the palace. . The most common story is that the 200 frescoes represented Kashyapa's wives and harem. He spent his days watching them bath in the water gardens until his half brother returned from India and defeated him in battle on the open plains. . There were pieces of this story that just didn't add up. Why were the gardens symmetric instead of shaped so Kashyapa could watch his many lovely ladies like an ancient Hugh Hefner? Why were the Frescoes suddenly destroyed when the monks tolerated them for a thousand years? Most importantly, if Sigiriya was a fortress, why did Kashyapa abandon his stronghold to engage his brother below in the battlefield? . Our current article (link in bio @coleman_concierge) supplements our visit to Sigiriya Rock (complete with our photography) with informed questions and diligent research. You can climb Sigiriya with us, see what we saw, and make up your own mind. If nothing else, it's a visually stunning visit to a fascinating place in Sri Lankan history. . . . Have you ever questioned the history that you were being told, or used first hand observations to interpret the past?
It's day 2 of 2018, and how is your year going so far? . . In the spirit of getting back on that Instagram horse, so to speak, one of the fabulous excursions set out for us during our stay @mahagedararetreat was a trip to the famous Sigiriya Rock. Truth be told, Ed really geeked out about the history of Sigiriya Rock, as he did with quite a bit of Sri Lankan history. We will have a long post coming out in about 2 weeks with the results of his exhaustive research on Sigiriya Rock. I'm mostly just geeked out on how amazingly green and beautiful it was there! . . What do you geek out on?
Happy New Years friends!🎉You might have noticed that we have taken a break from IG over the last month or so. Big changes came our way as we relocated from San Diego to Orlando by way of Sri Lanka. Details (and a fine piece of narrative writing) in up in our latest blog post "Homeless in Sri Lanka" link in bio @coleman_concierge. . On the subject of Sri Lanka, we have some great content coming out on IG and our blog about our time in Sri Lanka and at @mahagedararetreat so stay tuned for that. We figured we would start with the famous Sigiyara Rock. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to one of ancient capitals of Sri Lanka. We have a couple more pictures to share with you all from our climb up, so I'll go into more details then. If you read "Homeless in Sri Lanka" you'll see it's all about life style architecture, life changes, and finding balance. Kind of like our New Year intentions released into the world. . . . What are your intentions, goals, or resolutions for the New Year?
Our time @mahagedararetreat gave us some much-needed time to reflect on our journey together, especially the last year. We knew that we had allowed ourselves to get way out of balance. We were working way too much, and not spending time focusing on one another in our relationship. Most of all, we were not prioritizing our physical health, especially eating the proper foods to nourish our bodies, and making time to cultivate strength and flexibility in our physical bodies. #hosted . . Every Ayurvedic doctor and healer we met said the same thing, basically, not to mince words, 'you two are fat, old, and off balance' 😂😂 . . One of the things that was reinforced during our stay is the importance of architecting your lifestyle to ensure your needs are met. We spent time setting intentions for our future, literally burning away our negative and self-defeating beliefs in a Buddhist ceremony. We then set five affirmations to say to ourselves daily, with conviction, so that we can manifest them in our lives. The one both Ed and I had on our list was to find and live joy in some way, everyday. . . What would you like to manifest (or begin manifesting) in your life in 2018?
When we came to Sri Lanka we knew we were out of balance. In the middle of a major relocation from San Diego to Orlando, we arrived in country literally homeless with all of our worldly belongings packed into a moving truck headed for points unknown. . . We knew coming to the @mahagedararetreat would give us an opportunity to reflect on our life, set intentions for our future, and learn the practice of mindfulness so that we can deepen our connection to ourselves, our joy, and one another. #hosted . We learned ways to integrate these things into our everyday life, and we cannot wait to incorporate them on the daily, and to share what we learned with you 😍 . . We do not yet know what gifts and adventures our new location holds for us, but we cannot wait to find out! . . What are you excited for at the moment?
Finally we have both time and good WiFi to begin posting pictures of our adventures in Sri Lanka 😊 . . Our Sri Lankan journey begun with a week at the amazing @Mahagedararetreat an all inclusive Ayurvedic wellness retreat located in a small village just outside Sigiriya. Mahagedara Wellness Retreat is built deep in the jungle in harmony with its surroundings. Almost all of the food served is organically grown on property, and prepared healthfully in the native Sri Lankan style. We look forward to sharing more of our wonderful experiences in upcoming posts. #hosted . This beauty was shot from the car during our 4 hour journey from the airport to the Retreat. As it turns out there is an abundance of peacocks in the area, as there are lots of food for then, especially snakes, one of their favorite dishes. All through the day and night we heard them cry, and they sound quite like cats! . . Have you ever mistaken one animals call for another?
We took one last trip yesterday up to the Jolla to have the best gelato in the world @bobboi_naturalgelato and on the way home we were compelled to pull over to witness this amazing sunset! Usually when we take our photos we take them on a DSLR and clean them up with a bit of editing, but this sunset is straight up as it was taking on the cell phone, no editing done or needed except for the magic that happens when you take a photo from a cell phone. . . Just one more thing about San Diego we are going to miss, the amazing, stop you in your tracks, beauty of the sunsets over the ocean❤❤ . . Where have you found your favorite sunsets?
From the first time we rode our bikes 5 miles up along the coast from our house to La Jolla, we always said, 'when we get tired of riding up here and watching these fellas..... it's time to move!' Well, a week from yesterday, we will be driving out of San Diego and heading towards our new adventure in Orlando, and you know what? We still love riding our bikes up to La Jolla to watch these little guys play, frolic and sleep. I guess it's something we will never get tired of. ❤❤ . . To find out more about the adventures we will miss in California check out our blog post, link in bio @coleman_concierge . . Is there something from somewhere that you have lived, or perhaps visited, that you will never grow tired of?
With just over a week left of our time living in San Diego before relocating to Orlando via Sri Lanka. For this reason, we have been getting a bit nostalgic. As tribute on our Instagram as well as our blog we are counting down the top things that we love and will really miss about our time in San Diego. . . Check out our blog post on Our 5 Favorite California Adventures, link in bio @coleman_concierge . . This is our favorite thing about the weekends in Pacific Beach, sunny days, oceanside yoga, and people getting out in the water. We will miss the fact that this is a short 8 block walk from our house. . . What are some of your favorite things about where you live?
"These are the animals that are the reason why you don't see old animals in the wild. You don't see sick animals in the wild. You don't see lame animals in the wild, and its all because of the predator: the lion, the tiger, the leopard, all the cats." . -Tippi Hedren (Animal Rights Activist) . Happy National Cat Day! As many of you know cats play a major part in our lives (they even make up our logo 😻), and they are the yard stick that we use to measure our time until long-term full time travel. . . Is there an animal that plays a major role in your life? If so what is it, and what role does it play?
Water is the most perfect traveler because when it travels it becomes the path itself! . -Mehmet Murat ildan What kind of traveler are you?
For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it. -Jacques-Yves Cousteau . . If you had to pick only one environmental cause to save and protect what would you choose?
"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness." - John Muir Sending love out there to all of our friends in the LA area dealing with the terrible fires ❤❤ . . This is a shot from the beginning of our hike in big Basin redwoods park near Santa Cruz California. To learn more about this amazing hike check out the link in our bio @coleman_concierge . . What's going on in your Universe today?
We interrupt your previously scheduled tour of waterfalls in the Redwoods to bring to you and exciting new digital platform that works with travel bloggers to showcase their work to Brands and Destinations, while providing Travelers who went they hope to be the ultimate travel guide on the web. This guide is created by travelers for travelers! . . We are excited to be featured on their landing page and would love it if you checked out our article about 5 Amazing Adventures Around the World to Take Now! Link in our bio @coleman_concierge 📸 @habitat9travels . . Head over and check them out @travelbloggersociety 💙💛💙 . . If you are a travel blogger join the team!!!! Just be sure to tell them we sent you 😉😍😉😍
We came for the Redwoods, and stayed for the waterfalls! On our recent trip to Santa Cruz we knew we had to make time for at least one hike in the Redwoods. Upon further research we learned of Berry Creek Falls and, being the waterfall lovers that we are, we knew we wanted to hike it! Needless to say, it was one of the most beautiful hikes we have taken in a while! To learn all about what makes this amazing trail special ( besides giant ancient redwood trees and waterfalls) click the link in our bio @coleman_concierge . . What features do you look for when choosing a hike?
Few places hold reverence to hikers and Americans like the Redwood Forest. It goes beyond the verse in This Land is My Land and scenery from Star Wars.It's a unique ecosystem that is only found in America that has endured for over 2000 years. Think about that. These trees were around before Julius Ceaser. Perhaps they put out some oxygen that Ceaser breathed in his last breath. . Last week we ventured into Big Basin Redwoods State Park to tackle to notorious Berry Creek Falls Trail. This beast was the longest continuous hike Jenn has hiked with significant elevation changes. What really sets it apart was the opportunity to hike through old growth redwood forests and find not one, not two but four waterfalls that have a combined drop of over 300'! Stay tuned and we will be posting a picture of all of the waterfalls, but if you can't wait, check out our most recent post. Link in Bio @coleman_concierge . . What is your favorite hike and why?
Don’t worry if people think you’re crazy. You are crazy. You have that kind of intoxicating insanity that lets other people dream outside of the lines and become who they’re destined to be. -- Jennifer Elisabeth . . . What quality or fun fact about you, if people knew, they would think you were absolutely crazy? 😋😂