Clutch and bag - about the name
The Mirissa bag is named after the beautiful Mirissa beach in Sri Lanka.
My boyfriend and I visited Sri Lanka in 2018 with two, slightly too heavy, backpacks. We had planned the round trip ourselves, which consisted of fantastic nature experiences, visits to locals, cultural visits and not least relaxation - everything a good holiday, in our eyes, consists of.
Clutch named after Mirissa beach
The penultimate stop on our trip was Mirissa beach. Mirissa is located at the southernmost tip of Sri Lanka, and is one of the more touristy beaches in Sri Lanka - and for good reason. The beach is relatively wide and consists exclusively of fine small grains of sand that cling to the warm south-eastern sun. Like any other beach with tourists, cafes have established themselves along the beach. Here there is plenty of opportunity to snuggle in their deck chairs while enjoying the sand in your toes and the beautiful sea views.
The water was not cold, but not hot either - I would call it cool enough!
What can you do in Mirissa?
As soon as you walk a little away from the beach, you hit the main highway that runs through the relatively small town. We walked by the road one morning, just to look in the surrounding small shops. Here we discovered two things.
The first was surfing! They advertised with surf lessons on the beach next door, and of course we had to try that. Like everything else we signed up for in Sri Lanka, it was a huge success! Now hold up, how fun is it to surf. We surfed as long as our upper bodies could hold on to it - it turns out that you can easily get burn marks on your stomach if you do not wear a t-shirt. So no one had told us that!
The next thing we noticed was “Rotti Hut”, the local eatery. For 5-8 measly kroner we got the best food we had had on the whole trip, namely fried wok vegetables with chicken in a homemade pancake. It was all made under open fire and tasted nothing short of amazing. They had probably also been on a trip on Youtube and seen that chocolate always attracts tourists - at least you could also get their local pancakes with chocolate and banana in - can you guess what we got for breakfast the days after?
We thought we should relax…
But as you may sense, we always come up with something to do.
We left in January. At this very moment, the world's largest animal, the blue whale, is swimming from the cold waters around Antarctica towards the warmer, tropical sea just outside Sri Lanka to breed. We decided to give our whale-spotter gene a try, and therefore sailed with a smaller boat out of the port of Mirissa one very early morning. We had no idea what to expect from the trip. Luckily for us and our half-closed, tired burger eyes, the first few hours were spent sailing away from shore.
When we were slowly waking up, it happens! We see the back of a giant blue whale on the horizon!
You never get a sense of the whale's enormous size, as you only see a fraction above the water surface. When the whale dives down again, it gives a push with its tail, making it visible for a few seconds. Even if you only see a part of the whale on a very long journey, it is always a wild experience to see animals in their own home!
Mirissa ended up being a really cool stop on the way, where we both got relaxed but also experienced a lot.