Day 4: Habarana Village and Wild Elephants

Today is an extraordinary day! In the beginning, “Happy Birthday” to one of our team leaders, Ms. Hart! In the morning, we visited the Hiriwadunna Village. Inside the village here lies a beautiful lake and we took a catamaran ride. We observed different kinds of birds such as cormorants and insects like dragonflies and butterflies. We also found many blooming blue water nymph, which are the national flowers of Sri Lanka. All these created a kaleidoscope of colors. Then we went to the farm nearby. We tried bullock-carts ride there——extremely bumpy, but very interesting. In a typical cottage, we had simple peasant lunch  , including curry long beans and fried little fish that were very delicious. Here came the main event of the day in the afternoon: safari in Ritigala National Reserve! We were decided into three groups and stood on the roadster jeeps, crossing the jungle to see the wild Asian Elephants. It was really cool to observe these huge guys in such a short distance! We held our breath, kept the voice down in order not to scare them, and watched them use their flexible noses to eat plants. The guide told us that an adult Asian Elephant eats over 200 kilogram food per day. How amazing! What we saw in the jungle was not only elephants, but also peacocks, eagles and “the tree of rock”, which is a tree growing climbing along the rock. When we left Ritigala, everyone said he or she spent a fantastic time there. All in all, it is a very impressive day. (Dehe [Mark] Liu).

Today was a busy day. We experienced a lot from today’s tour. However, the walking part was the one that gave me the deepest impact because I learned a lot from it. The walk wasn’t long but the guide introduced a lot of animals and plants to us. There was one thing that I found most interesting: the butterfly. The guide told us the difference between a poisonous butterfly and a non-poisonous one. Poisonous butterflies are slower than usual butterflies because they don’t have to worry about predators. I found this was very interesting because I love animals and it is a good example that animals only learn the skills that are necessary to their survival. (Bohan [Oscar] Zhao)

Today is amazing! Many surprises came out. In the morning when I got on the bus, the first stuff came in my eyes is “Happy B’s day Kristine!” witch is wrote on the window. Oh today is Ms.hart’s birthday!! I didn’t even know at that time..Sorry and happy birthday Ms.hart!!! First we went to the Hiriwadunna. We sat on the boat and crossed the lake in the center of the village. The boatman picked lotus flowers and give it to the girls. Some of them made garlands. It was so pretty. At last the boatmen had a rowing race. Our boat lost because it had the most people. After that we rode the bullock cart and went hiking. Those were not bad either. I was happy about this day. (Weiqin Zhang)
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