After sending Facebook messages back and forth and missing each other by one or even a half day a few times, we finally managed to meet up with Kelly and her family on the beach in Unawatuna. It was really cool meeting them!
We haven’t met many other traveling families so far. The Facebook group ‘Families on the Move’ that both Kelly and I are members of is a great resource, but of course it’s more fun meeting people in person. Since both our families were traveling in Sri Lanka Kelly and I had exchanged a few messages (actually she asked about our experience with Sulawesi and we found out we were both currently in Sri Lanka), but two or three times we had just left the area when they arrived. I didn’t think we were destined to meet, but lo and behold, the morning of the day we were leaving for Thailand, she send a message saying that they were in Unawatuna.
Only 2 hours before we were getting a taxi to Colombo airport, we met up at Unawatuna beach. We needed to get a quick bite to eat anyway and fortunately the weather was good. We had agreed to meet at Koko’s on the Beach, but when we arrived there it was closed. I wasn’t sure if Kelly had mobile internet, but send a message anyway. She had said to be on the lookout for two very blond kids and since I didn’t know if they saw my message, Jace and I had a little walk to see if we could spot them on the beach. And found them! 🙂
It was really nice talking to another traveling family, with similar aged kids. They have two, a three year old girl and an almost two year old boy. We only got to meet for about 1,5 hour, but we had some time to share stories and some laughter. It was a shame we didn’t get to hang out with them a bit longer, I’m sure Jace would have really enjoyed playing with their kids. But who knows, we might run into each other in the next couple of months. I hope so!
If you want to know a bit more about Kelly and her family, and their plans to travel the world for about two years after having sold everything they own back home, check out their blog travelswithatoddler.com. If you want to read some more awesome family travel stories check out our post ‘Yes, you can still travel when you have kids!’