My Helper Thinks I am Useless, and That’s Ok

I have a suspicion our helper, Maheshari, thinks I am what is in Sinhalese called “wadakata na” — useless, good for nothing. She likes me though, but doesn’t think I am capable of doing things on my own, especially when it comes to her domain — the kitchen. Her conviction might have something to do…

5 Little Things You Can Do to Live a More Sustainable Life in Sri Lanka

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”  ― Mahatma Gandhi My ordinary conversation with a waiter when ordering cold drinks goes as follows: “Can I have a mango juice (pineapple juice, mojito, ginger beer) and no straw please?” “No what?” “No straw” “Ok, weirdo,” they don’t actually say it out loud, but I…

For the Love of Hot Brazilian Actors

Sometimes I don’t feel like writing about food or travel. Sometimes I feel like writing about hot Brazilian actors. It is half past midnight and maybe, just maybe, I am not in my right mind. I have to also admit that for the past few hours I was watching a Brazilian novella — which is…

50 Important Tips for Traveling in Sri Lanka

If you are visiting Sri Lanka for the first time, oh how I envy you! The first acquaintance with the country is always special. After living here for a total of 3.5 years on and off I have definitely developed a strong bond with this island, but I still remember my first time, when I…

“Mama, Chai?” or the Way Russians Drink Tea

Without a cup of tea any meal feels incomplete to me and to any other Russian for that matter. For the longest time I thought that’s how it works all around the world. Or at least in the tea-drinking countries like Sri Lanka. One would assume that people of Sri Lanka, one of the largest…

Be a Little Bit Dharshi

Buddhists believe that a person has many lives, and those lives can be interconnected. You might meet the same people over and over, only they take up new roles. You might return to the places you love in the next lives. Sometimes I think that in one of my previous lives I was Sri Lankan,…

30 Pictures That Will Inspire You to Visit Texas

“You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas.”  Davy Crockett If you had to describe Texas with hashtags which ones would you choose? #DontMessWithTexas? #RememberTheAlamo? #CowboyBootsForeva? #WillieNelsonForPresident?  I chose mine two years ago, after moving to Austin, and it’s #TexasIsNotOnlyCowboys. “Duh, Yulia!” would say anyone who was born in the U.S.A….

The Foodie Miles Best Meals of 2017

Looking at the list of my favorite meals from the past year, once again, I realized that it’s not the food alone that makes me love a meal. The people I am with, the physical space where it’s served, the vibe, the view, all play a big role. From a lobster I ate sitting on…