Pearl of the Indian Ocean vs. Land Down Under

One would think that moving to another country ideally would mean doing the same thing but instead in a different geographic location.

However, the answer to that is interestingly, no.

Coming from Sri Lanka, or what we call the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean”, life is remarkably diverse. Sri Lanka’s Capital city, Colombo, is rich in historical heritage and has so much to offer. The city is often blessed with clear blue skies, warm weather and sunshine, which I love!

A typical day in Colombo is, without a doubt, exploring the budding cafes and restaurants and travelling in a Tuk Tuk.

Discovering the various cafes and restaurants is always a favourite. This is because of the eternal love we have for spice and variety that attracts us to try out the menus of different restaurants.


For those of you who are unaware, Tuk Tuks are three-wheeled chariots (as displayed above). They are the pillar of Sri Lankan transport. It is an easy and cheap way to travel short distances and has an open space that allows you to view the surroundings. In the warm weather, we all enjoy travelling in Tuk Tuks that allow the wind to flow.

(Not forgetting that Tuk Tuks dive in between people, bikes and buses that you have to hang on for your life!!) This is truly a remarkable experience I have witnessed quite often in my life in Colombo.

I must add that the nightlife in Colombo is outstanding, especially over the weekend. I enjoy socialising with friends at the chill-out bars in Colombo.

But what do you think happens in Brisbane?

When I began the new chapter of my life in to study with CQUniversity in Brisbane, I needed help and guidance in getting to places. I must admit that the friendly and easy-going people in Brisbane were always happy to lend a helping hand.

There is definitely more to Brisbane than what meets the eye.

My life in Brisbane is typical to that of a tourist. I enjoy travelling and exploring the city. The coastline, the museums and parks are, without a doubt, some of the highlights.


Despite my love for the Australian cuisine, I search in every nook and corner of the city for Sri Lankan restaurants to satisfy my cravings (Even if I do successfully find a spot, I would have to always request for it to be “extra spicy”).

All in all, both Colombo and Brisbane are outstanding and I can easily refer to both cities as home.

Sheanda (

Sri Lankan living in Brisbane. Hope you enjoy my posts 😊 "It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation." - Herman Melville

5 thoughts on “Pearl of the Indian Ocean vs. Land Down Under

  1. We have the tuk tuks too in Nigeria.. I know that feeling of having to hang on for your life but its refreshing as well…hahaha interesting. I hope to explore more of brisbane too.

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