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MartinLS replied to the thread Expats in Jaffna? on the Sri Lanka forum:
MartinLS initially posted:
Hi. I have just moved to Jaffna where I shall be working as a teacher for the next two years at least (all things being equal!), maybe quite a bit longer. As I am here without my family, I am wondering if there is any expat community here.. I speak fluent French and Greek and (these days) rather rough German. I kind of get by in Tamil too, having lived in Tamil Nadu for a few years, but aim to study to improve this. Life here is going to be rather different from Colombo I imagine (I worked there from 2001-2002, so have been in SL before), but I feel quite at home in Jaffna, mostly due to the Tamil connection. Still, it would be good to meet some other expats here, if there are any of course. Thanks. Martin
MartinLS replied on September 20, 2014 with:
Hi. I wouild be away again over Christmas but early December I should be here, all things being equal. You can only get to Sri Lanka by plane, crazily enough. The boat service has not resumed since the war. Yes, it is hot here, pretty much like TN. Kandy is certainly a lot cooler. Best wishes, Martin.
palmtreehaus replied on September 19, 2014 with:
Hello Philip.thank you for your message but iam not in jaffna iam in induruwa/bentota. please see my webside. www.srilankahaus.npage.de. it will be nice to meet you. islandgreetings from martina
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london0777 posted Cycling around Sri Lanka on the Sri Lanka forum on September 15, 2014:
Hi I am returning to Sri Lanka for my 3rd visit on 1st October 2014. My first trip involved following the England cricket team around the country and playing at various grounds. My second visit was to partake in a 160 mile charity walk over 8 days lead by Sir Ian Botham: ‘Beefy’s Big Sri Lankan Walk’. The walk started in Kilinochi and snaked its way south and finished at the Foundation of Goodness in Seenigama where I met the amazing and committed Kushil Gunasekera. Both of the above experiences have inspired me to revisit Sri Lanka except this time with my bicycle. I plan to ride as much of the island as possible over a two month period and will initially be heading North aiming to visit Chilaw, Kalpitiya, Puttalam (and hopefully Wilpattu National Park), Anuradhapura, Jaffna etc. I then plan to head down the East Coast as far as Arugam Bay and then inland to the Badulla district. Finally I will head south to Galle. I am predominantly on a fact finding mission to try and gain knowledge on what it’s really like to live in Sri Lanka as this is my longer term plan. I would appreciate it if anyone has any ideas on things such as good/bad/dangerous roads or routes to travel; places to stay and visit or even avoid; any other hints, tips or experiences that you could share would be greatly appreciated.
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philip46 replied to the thread Want to move to Sri Lanka on the Sri Lanka forum:
tleavell initially posted:
I'm a nurse, but don't necessarily want or need to work as a nurse. I'm also an ex-English teacher. I'm from the US, but I'm not the typical "Ugly American." I just want to live a simple life.. a simple existence... and, although I love my country, I don't think I want or am able to live the life I want to live here. I am extremely open to and respect all different kinds of different cultures, religions, and faiths. Again, I just basically want a simple life... I don't need a huge house or a bit, luxury apartment. Give me something within walking distance or a short bus ride to the ocean, and I'm good. I don't want to own a car. I would, in reality, like to live somewhere where I could ride a bike to and from work... or, even walk. I'm 46 years old and ready for a little peace in my life. Can I find it, in Sri Lanka? If there's anyone out there who's willing to help me out with information about Visas and about how this all works, please, I beg of you, contact me here. I need to know pretty much everything there is to know about a move of this magnitude. I know nothing about how all of this works, but am willing to do what it takes, to, essentially, disappear for awhile. A change is coming... I can feel it... Thanks...
philip46 replied on September 13, 2014 with:
I came here 2 months ago n got easily visa extension. I love the place n culture away from the rat race in the states. Don't know about work, as i retired, but you will find all that ur heart desire here. I just saw an ad in this site mail for a house in galle that fits ur need. $100-150 rent. Gives u idea of cost. As for peace of mind, you r in the right place to explore buddha's teaching on it.
poppyella replied on April 09, 2014 with:
Hi there, I wonder if I could help you. My parents moved to sri lanka a few years ago but have recently passed away. They were extremely happy in Sri Lanka, happier than they ever were in the UK. I now know quite a lot about Sri Lanka, buy and selling houses, visas etc. If you would like to email me you can poppylr@hotmail.co.uk and perhaps I can answer your questions :) I would be very happy to help as I know Sri Lanka is a very different culture and that can be over whelming. Thanks, Poppy
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property in Sri-LankaFantastic colonial style holiday house for rent. With 2 double bedrooms, inside and outside living areas and big garden. This lovely house is only a 5 minute drive from Unawatuna and a 10 minute drive from Galle Fort.
philip46 replied to the thread If you travel to Haputale area on the Sri Lanka forum:
oakwell initially posted:
I can let you stay at my Bungalow located in a six acre tea plantation with beautiful views, water falls, high green mountains and sunrise. emai: jayasirid8@yahoo.com We are more interested in making friends than just money.
philip46 replied most recently with:
This is philip. I am a recent commer to SL., currently in bandarawela n interested in seeing the place you have in haputale area.
carlafer replied most recently with:
Hi, I also have 6acres thats a part of oakwell estae, I intend developing it, hall we get in touch,
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MartinLS replied to the thread Teaching oppotunities on the Sri Lanka forum:
bridgetevelyn initially posted:
I am a qualified & experienced teacher of Music & ESL. Although in my sixties I have no wish to retire & am visiting Sri Lanka with my daughter for a reconnaissance mission (from 29th July - 19th August) for possible teaching oppotunities with the hope of moving there. (have visited Sri Lanka 5 times in the past & love it there) I have heard that the British Council has an established ESL teacing program. Would anyone have a contact link for them or other teacher employment oppotunities?
MartinLS replied most recently with:
.. just saw that you've been and gone. Maybe you found something? Well, keep an eye of the BC site I gave you anyway.
MartinLS replied most recently with:
H, I just saw your message. I am a British Council teacher (in my late 50s) in Jaffna. We are recruiting a new teacher here for October, so have a look at the BC website for recruitment ifyou are interested in applying. The centre in Colombo is very large, with some 60 teachers, so there are sometimes vacancies there too. https://jobs.britishcouncil.org/Vacancies.aspx When are you in Sri Lanka next? Regards, Martin martinlest@yahoo.co.uk
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Agran replied to the thread Info re. moving to Sri Lanka on the Sri Lanka forum:
Maturin initially posted:
Hi people. Thanks for taking the time to read my post. I’m a 66 year old basically healthy Australian/British ex teacher. I am considering moving to Sri Lanka after 6 years in Thailand mainly because of the excessive heat (up to 36+ at this time of the year) and the language barrier. The latter is so difficult to overcome that few really bother (Thai is a tonal language) and few Thais speak enough English to converse with you. That leaves me with the expat population, which is quite a heavy drinking one. I have difficulty forging ties with other expats. I’m not much of a bar prop and though I have tried joining a string of groups it just doesn’t work for me. Mainly it’s a deficiency on my part but also it’s because of my unusual background (very non-domestic) and academic/conversational tastes. I’m going to take a long trip to Sri Lanka shortly; 1, to see if I like it and 2, to explore the possibilities of long term (a good few years) leasing a small house in a smallish town with lots of green, nearby sea and a decent hospital. I would like to contact anyone (please, no real estate agents at this stage) who could make suggestions as to how I might most wisely spend a month looking for a different future in Sri Lanka. Where to go, who to talk to etc. etc. I was born in London and, aside from live theatre, which I love in any language, I have no use for what cities have to offer. If it were not for my age and all the hang-ups that come with it I’d avoid them altogether. The environment I thrive in is in the countryside but non-tourist dependant towns are probably my best option. Please answer if you can help ….. or even if you can’t. Thanks Maturin.
Agran replied most recently with:
Hi Maturin I am in the same situation, been living in Indonesia for the last 2 years. Now looking to relocate to Sri Lanka. I will be travelling there next week and am wondering if you have any info/advice to share?
Miami3 replied most recently with:
I understand your quest. I am close to 62 , soon to be a retired teacher from US and just explored Negombo for the last two weeks to relocate my small family . Negombo has much to offer. On the hottest days I was there, I felt a cool breeze. The people were open, kind and friendly. The place was clean, I don't drink either but it is there for those that do, lovely affordable housing, good medical available especially in Colombo just down the newly built toll road (so you can get there in a hurry if needed). The banking is modern. Nice beach but the waves don't make for much swimming. Hotel pools are cheap. Food is good. You could go into Colombo for the refined stuff on the weekends if you sought it out. I only went in once on business so can't speak to that. The most Christian city in the country. You can "feel" it around you. The supermarkets are first world. Good Luck.
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sudoit posted recommendations for Sri Lanka advice? on the Sri Lanka forum:
Hello, Would anyone be willing/able to recommend professionals (lawyers, accountants, Kandy-area real-estate brokers) who could advise me about moving to Sri Lanka, setting-up a BOI-approved company, getting a long-term visa, buying/leasing a home etc? I am actively making plans to visit Sri Lanka soon and would like to organize these interviews in advance. Thanks, Sudoit
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Rhoda posted Move to Sri Lanka on the Sri Lanka forum:
I have visited Sri Lanka and can't wait to make it my home with my family and pets. What do I have to do abt purchasing or rental of property, starting a business and residency? Anyone can advise? Thank you in advance
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