Mirissa

It’s been awhile. Been doing stuff. Going to write about that too. Sometime. But not now. This post will be about the place in Sri Lanka where I’ve spent so much time, lived in so many places, and taken so many photos of. Mirissa.

Surfers heading into shore after their morning surf close to Parrot Rock in Mirissa.

Mirissa has both a good and bad effect on me. Or maybe they’re both good, it’s beautiful which I see and I get creatively stimulated by that beauty. What I might consider being a bad influence on me is whenever I get here, I tend to stay, I stop moving and stop wanting to go to the next place. But considering it’s me I’m talking about, that might be a really good thing.

Surfing during surf lesson.
Surf coach Danu Prasad teaching his student.

Since I’ve spent so much time here people know me. And when you’re traveling by yourself, like I do, it’s nice when people recognises you at the pharmacy and at the supermarket, you do some catching up on what’s been happening lately and it feels a bit like home.

In the front there’s Parrot Rock and behind it is Mirissa Right, probably the most famous and photographed surf spot here. Yes, I’ve edited the photo since photographing in harsh daylight is not one of my favourite things to do. It completely blows out the colours.

Another good thing about Mirissa is that there’s great food here! Both at restaurants and in the shops. I mostly eat vegetarian food which I find not to be a problem here, no matter what kind of restaurant I go to there’s a good vegetarian option. You see, I grew up in the forest in the north of Sweden so I have no idea of what to do with seafood and when I spent every winter in India doing yoga I was a vegetarian for eight years.

Getting up. This surf spot is actually two, one in front of the pier and one close to Parrot Rock.

What surprised me, and made me happy, when I returned to Mirissa is that it looks better than when I left sometime in February 2020. Because yes, the pandemic and lack of tourists has had a visible toll on many places here in Sri Lanka, but that’s not apparent here. Mirissa is actually looking better in many ways, restaurants, shops and hotels have been renovated and developed, not all of course but I can notice the difference.

This is the surf spot that is right infront of the pier.

Oh, and these photos sort of have nothing, or everything, to do with the text. Took them this morning at Parrot Rock which is one of the three surf spots that are within walking distance if you stay here.

So yes; Mirissa I like you and you look better than ever!

    1. Not sure about cool. Feels much more like … very familiar 🙏 and I needed it. Traveling, especially during a pandemic, is sometimes exhausting 🙄 would love to have a room with a couch. And before streaming services I really used to miss just sitting in front of a TV being fed entertainment when I was traveling. It’s a familiar way to relax and I suspect I’m highly sensitive so I take in all my surroundings all the time. Ooops, turned into a long reply 😉

      1. Oh I can’t speak for you, I can only speak for myself as a reader who isn’t there and who has not experienced any of this. As a reader who isn’t there and is not farmiliar with any of it, taking in all of this information about Mirissa is cool to me 😂. I am not trying to speak for you if that’s what you thought, I am sorry if i gave that impression lol. I meant that to me, as a reader, it is very cool stuff.

        Yes traveling during this pandemic is exhausting and dangerous and it makes us yearn for some of the finer luxuries lol

        🤣🤣 don’t worry about your long lovely comment. if you think that’s long, you should see the list and backlog of some of the lengthy comments I have been responding to for years haha

      2. Oh, understand. It’s just that I’m so used to being in this part of the world. When there was no water whatsoever in my room the other night my first thought was “Well since I’m Indian this is not a problem for me”. I’m not Indian. Thought a little about what would happen if there would be a fire too 😨 but managed to fall asleep anyway.

  1. “Oh, understand. It’s just that I’m so used to being in this part of the world. When there was no water whatsoever in my room the other night my first thought was “Well since I’m Indian this is not a problem for me”. I’m not Indian. Thought a little about what would happen if there would be a fire too 😨 but managed to fall asleep anyway.”

    Hahaha, interesting thinking to yourself that you are indian but you are actually not; that actually got the point across very well — I see what you are saying. Much of it may be new to me but you’ve been around alot of it for a considerable amount of time that it has become all too farmiliar. But these are certainly areas that I would love to be farmiliar with and atleast I get some idea about them through your perspective ✌️😂💙

    1. 😹 oh, well … you have to take the good with the bad, or something 🙄 but I get to experience the best swimming in the world and not being stuck in Sweden where all my friends seem to be having covid at the moment. So 🤘

      1. That’s true, it’s a “comes with the territory” kind of thing 😄. That’s kind of bittersweet, on one hand you care about your friends, on the other, you are having some great experiences.

        Awww thank you 🙌🤗💙. Yes I would love to experience some of these cultures — it would be a bit difficult because of the costs and regulations etc, but I am working on it LOL. Sorry for the late response; I tried to kill two birds with one stone and respond to both of your replies in one comment 🤘✌️😄.

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