Yep, today exactly. It’s been a year of hard work. It’s been a year of learning a lot of new things. And it’s been a year. Exactly one year since we stepped on that airplane to Sri Lanka and we said hi to the adventure.
I cannot believe one year has passed. You might be familiar with the feeling… you know só much has happened, but when you think back at a specific event before all that, it feels like yesterday. That’s what our experience in Sri Lanka feels like for me.
We stayed in Sri Lanka for a whole month. Where most people decide to travel around (most of the time), we decided to reside at the elephant sanctuary the entire stay. This way we really got to create a homy feel and connect with the culture in such an intense way. We got to were invited into the Sri Lankans personal life, heard many many stories about the elephants and made friends.
I felt really at home. Though I could see that there is so much that, compared to our western standards, isn’t ok there. But for some reason I connected a lot with the connection to nature the people there seemed to have, the days lasting for 12 hours every day from 6 to 6, the plant based food and the animals.
It’s been a year, minus one month
I know our stay was “only” a month, but it was quite intense and, obviously, changed my life in so many ways. As we stepped on the plain back, one year minus a month ago, I asked Mario through my tears: “How will people back home understand we miss our elephants? That I am sad to have to come back?”.
Now a year later, I am not sure anyone understands thát feeling perse.. But I do feel like I was able to share my story through a beautiful product with so many more people than I could’ve imagined back then. Trust me, if I would have known this one year ago… those tears would’ve been happy tears.