Goodbye Kurunegala & Hi Good Market


My last day in Kurunegala, before leaving to Colombo for a few days. My fellow mates and fantastic friends held a small speech for me and gave me a beautiful bag, a bag I think will make my sister Amy jealous ;)

The woman to the right with red ish clothes is my roomie in Kurunegala and she is also the principal at Royal International School.
Jealous yet Amy ;) 
Such a beautiful bag decorated with small elephants. 
It was hard to leave this place and to say goodbye to all these fantastic people, I realised that I am awful on saying goodbye. My strategy was to say goodbye kick and fast without any heads up, so many people did not know that this was my last day. But I didn't want to make a big fuss about it, and I'll be back in the end of May for a few days. 
AHHHH!!! What a place !
I have find my favourite place in Colombo (except for Selyn) The Good Market

It seems that where ever I go in Sri Lanka I continue to meet inspiring people , and today was no exception. I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Amanda and Achala who both have a direct operational role in the Good Market. During the meeting I got a glimpse of their characters and what amazing people with so many inspiring ideas and both have expert experience in socio-economic development, environmental sustainability combined with social enterprise. It is a very interesting mix to listen to, I tried to absorb as much information as possible and I could feel myself becoming more and more inspired, motivated and interested as the conversation proceeded.

Take a look at what they do and how they work at: 

The small Good Market shop offers a broad variety of fair produced food!

The Good Market has its own "Good Market Standards" that have to be approved by vendors before they are applicable to take part in the Good Market Shop or Thursday Good Market, and Saturday Good Market.  These standards are what set the Good Market apart from other markets. 


Walking around in the shop made me all excited ! 

Sri Lankan coffe beans, I am wondering if these would be better than the Sri Lankan coffee you somethimes get in hotels. Look good ! 
"Sri Lanka has many organic farmers, social enterprises, and responsible businesses that are creating products and services that are eco-friendly, socially responsible, and healthy.  It also has many well-educated consumers that want to feed their families natural and organic food and choose products and services that match their values.  The Good Market is a place for these groups to come together."
At the Good Market Shop they have their own Café that use the products in the shop. Here Selyna and I decided to eat lunch. In the picture above is the Gingerbeer (no alcohol) that I had, and it is made (as you can see); "made in her kitchen". I loved that description! Makes you glad knowling that you are supporting her livelihood, and contributing to a better and more sustainable environment, socio-economic development in Sri Lanka. 
I would strongly recommend this place for everyone that fancy a delicious lunch or coffee, and for everyone that want to support the local producers in Sri Lanka that believe in producing sustainable food and other products, and for you who want to get a pure taste of Sri Lanka without any pesticides or harmful extra ingredients and lastly for those of you that want to make a difference for our environment and future generations.  

6 days left....

How come that when you are enjoying the most you are just about to leave.... 
Counting from today there are only 6 days left before I fly to Elin!!! which I am looking forward to sooooo much !!! 
But I am also a bit sad because there are soo many fun and interesting activities going on at Selyn right now that I want to be a part of. However, I guess you can't have everything. ;) 
Today I am surrounded by Selyn products, my birthday grifts to myself. Drinking the 10 O'Clock tea which I will miss <3 

Also I felt like sharing this wonderful and inspirational picture by Selyn. I have loved these monkeys since I first saw them at Selyn, and I think that the "agents for change" concept is spot on! It is exactly what you as a consumer do: You make a statement and take an action for change when by buying Fair Trade products. 


Joel visiting Kurunegala

This week kick-started with a Swedish (small) smörgåsbord, with Swedish candy, salted liquorice, herring, Kalles Kaviar, Knäckebröd and last and the BEST Marabou! 

In Sri Lanka it is custom to give your friends and your fellow employees something sweet when it's your birthday. Since my birthday was at the 6 of April when I was traveling with my parents, I couldn't give my friends any cakes, but I had made sure to ask my parents to bring some Swedish treats.

 As you might imagine, some of the foods where received well and others not as well.... 

Many of them had never tasted any of the foods, some of the candy they had seen before, so it was hilarious to see them taste this for their first time. Their faces when they tasted the Kaviar! , hahahha , thank you Sweden for having such particular treats.!!  

But I am impressed and grateful that all of them actually tried it all !  


In the end of the smörgåsords testing Joel arrived to Kurunegala ! He had travelled through the Hill Country before visiting me. People going to Kurunegala usually get the question "why are you going there, there is nothing to do?", but you do miss out if you don't stop here. Could be because I have lived here for a while, but if you travel to or through Kurunegala you should go up on the Elephant Rock where the big Buddha statue is located and walk slowly down the carved stairways in the sunset and you should take the Selyn Fair Trade Experience which takes place here. 

I took Joel on the Selyn Fair Trade Experience, which is a tour that I don't think Joel would normally look for himself but the tour gives you an authentic Sri Lankan experience where you gain an understanding of Sri Lanka's traditional handloom heritage and get a first hand knowledge about fair trade practices and you also receive an insight of the everyday life of the skilful artisans at Selyn. 

 Here we have an exited Joel who has just started the tour at the Dye Plant.
 Learning about the waste water management at the Dye Factory . 
Moving on, and on our way to the weaving workshop but on our way we stoped for a cooling King Coconut
It was the weaving workshop that Joel found the most interesting and fascinating location on the tour. Seeing the skills necessary to be able to weave a Saree or a tablemat etc. was impressive in his opinion. I quote: "eyeopening". It is truly an admirable skill that these women obtain! 
The Artisan is making a table mat made out of newspapers! and because of the tight or very finely weaved twines it becomes water resistant! What a fantastic and smart way of combining recycling practices and handlooms! These are on my shopping list on things that I must buy before going back home to Sweden ! 
We also visited the Kinder Garden that is attached to the weaving workshop to enable the women to work while their children are being looked after and educated.  For each time I come these lovely children become better and better at introducing themself in English and even answering a few questions!  
It was hard to sit beside Joel when eating lunch.... he ate with his fingers for the first time and as you can see he did not really master the arm. Pointing out the elbow up in my face. ... but we had a good laugh and with more practice he will soon be as a Sri Lankan , I see the potential ! ;D 
Gifts for his friends and family at home, wonder who will be the lucky ones! 
Looking out over Kurunegala from the Elephant Rock. This day it was a bit cloudy but still beautiful, you can see the clouds slowly rising from the town and the surrounding forests climbing up the mountain sides. One of the many beauties in Kurunegala.  Here the tour officially ended ....
And we continued to Kandyan Reach for some cocktails and to end the day with a proper last night togehter in Sri Lanka . 
Thank you Joel for your visit and see you again soon ! 

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