Australian Skye who chases the sun



article_image

In South Asia Skye had decided only to travel to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Why Sri Lanka? She says she had heard so much about Sri Lanka , the beaches, mountains and the wildlife. Having traveled to Bentota, Colombo, Galle, Unawatuna and Kandy, Skye and Andrew complained that nine days in Sri Lanka wasn't long enough.


I met The Fit Traveller- Skye on Instagram as we posted travel pictures and then on Twitter. She had a unique description of herself


" Wellness • Nourishing Food • Luxury Travel Journalist roaming the globe to bring health conscious travellers the latest" And one day Skye Gilkeson was in Sri Lanka with her husband Andrew and we decided to meet. I wanted to know her story and of her travels and why she and Andrew had decided to travel for one year wanting to be as free as birds and to Chase the Sun. Skye is a Aussie, Sydney Bondi girl who proudly says, "Bondi beach will always be home. Bondi beach will remain to be one of my favourite places in the world. The best walk for exercise for anyone would be the Bondi to Bronte walk of 7 Km. I know I could never find a free spirited walk like that ever."


Skye has an interesting story to share with Sri Lankans and the world. At 15 she went on a Sports Tour to Europe and the US. At only 18 years of age she backpacked around the world for one year covering thirty countries. Her parents had no issues with eighteen- year old Skye, a typical fearless Australian girl taking on the world at that age. She returned Down Under as an open eyed traveler of the world. How many eighteen year olds would have had the chance to travel the world and see 30 countries? Then, she studied International relations both in Barcelona , Spain and in Australia. She has a Masters in International Relations and International Law.


Something any man or woman could be proud of. However, she did not continue with law or try to join the Australian Foreign Service. Like many adventurous Aussie girls she then became a Personal Trainer in Sydney’s Trendy Mosman and worked as a Trainer for more than three years. But, that wasn't enough for Skye. She decided to become a TV journalist and worked with Today, Channel 7 -Sunrise, Channel 9 and even the highly popular 60 Minutes. Skye worked both in the News Room and as a Producer.


At 28 Skye was diagnosed with Lupus and life came to a standstill but, not for long because Skye was not the type of a girl who would give up. Skye wanted to travel the world. Even conquer and hug it if she could. Reach out to many people as possible. That is where she met her husband Andrew, a logistic specialist from Sydney. They went to Sicily for their Honeymoon and knowing Skye, Andrew got a bright idea. He said, " Skye, let’s travel for a year." She wouldn't say no to it and Andrew quit his job of 18 years and Skye hers. They decided to fly, fly and fly to 40 countries, 70 locations in 52 weeks. Some had thought they both were crazy and others were understanding. There were mixed reactions even among the Aussies.


In South Asia Skye had decided only to travel to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Why Sri Lanka? She says she had heard so much about Sri Lanka , the beaches, mountains and the wildlife. Having traveled to Bentota, Colombo, Galle, Unawatuna and Kandy, Skye and Andrew complained that nine days in Sri Lanka wasn't long enough.


The Fit Traveler who had spent more time outdoors on the beach and the swimming pool said her favourites here were the curry’s vegetarian soups and the hoppers. Husband Andrew’s favourites were Dhal and Devilled Chicken. Speaking of Sri Lankan food, Skye says some are healthy some are not as in any country in the world and that she wouldn't like to generalise on it. However, she points out that small portions would be much healthy. She would like to see more Sri Lankan women exercise daily. In Australia it is the women that take the lead in exercise and fitness which I have seen; sometimes early as 5.00 am Bondi and other places are full with women and their trainers.


I asked Skye what she meant by The Fit Traveler. "When you indulge too much, you come home and don't feel relaxed usually. Use your good habits, don't lose it. Holiday is a time off for you. It is a time off to eat." I could see that Skye remains very fit despite her travels. She definitely is practising what she preaches. I am not surprised she is The Fit Traveler. Skye says that during their travels around the world , They experience the culture, history, little bit of TV in the nights, ride bikes. "We are grateful for our lifestyle in Australia. We can travel. Aussies can adjust to anything. We chase the Sun" I am not surprised for a girl with a name like Skye to be chasing the Sun.


Today Skye Gilkeson is a Journalist, personal trainer, clean cook, nutritional nerd and an intrepid Traveler.


Before she leaves I asked her what she would do after one year of travel. She said "After one year, I May not finish. But, Sydney, Australia and Bondi Beach will always be home." She will chase the sun of course.


RAINE’S RESPONSE TO FOUNTAN CAFE


Raine Wickramatunga wrote from Australia: " Everyone has memories of Fountain Cafe me included. I still remember that sauce. My favourites were the devilled chicken and sometimes chicken Maryland. Renee Mohammed and I used to go there quite often after work. Sinha and Iqbal (Sinha Ratnatunga -Editor of the Sunday Times and Iqbal Athas -Associate Editor ) used to ask the Fountain Cafe waiter jokingly: "Meka reliable sauce da" (Is this a reliable sauce?) and the clueless waiter used to say "Ow Sir harima reliable source" (sauce) (Yes sir, very reliable source)


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
animated gif
Processing Request
Please Wait...