‘Travelling has now become part of our journey’

  • Gihani and Don on their blog and more

Gihani Bulathsinhala and Don Harshana Bulathsinhala, better known as the @foodiesyblings are teachers at their own language institution by profession. As siblings, ever since they were children, trying out different kinds of food and travelling has been their passion. Now the duo has realised that passion and they try to influence other people into their passion as well. 

Brother and sister duo Don Harshana Bulathsinhala and Gihani Bulathsinhala 

They have also conducted many open mic night events and poetry night events in partnership with many restaurants throughout Colombo and are hoping to expand to areas outside the city limits as well.

Brunch spoke to the two to learn more about what they do. 

How did you discover your passion for travel?

Since we were raised by an overprotective household we did not have much freedom to travel anywhere. But since we discovered our passion for food and travelling and as we were growing up, our parents have been nothing but supportive.

What inspired you to start a travel blog and how has the journey been so far?

At first, travelling was not our main objective. But since we got invited to restaurants from all over the country, travelling has now become a part of it. And the journey so far has been nothing but both awe inspiring and fabulously delicious. 

What is your most memorable travel experience?

The most memorable travel experience we had was at Gadadessa, Kandy where we stayed at a bungalow surrounded by a tea plantation which was really fun considering the bungalow was made by bringing pieces of it by a helicopter and assembled on top of the hill. The reason for this is that the roads leading to the spot are narrow and perilous that construction vehicles cannot enter. It was a wonderful experience where the food was exemplary. Because of the condition of the road, they provided us with quad bikes which were able to navigate through those roads throughout the tea plantation easily. It was truly an unforgettable experience. 

Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?

The most unexpected journey that we had was a trip to Nuwara Eliya. There we rented a bungalow which was quite expensive according to its advertising. But as they say, looks can be deceiving; the place was horrible and the food even more so. For reasons of privacy, we won’t disclose the information, but if you happen to find this place you will know what we were talking about. 

What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?

Our most successful story comes from none other than Pasta Factory, which was located in Galle. It was an unforgettable experience where the atmosphere of the place was amazingly compatible with the food. The hostess and the owner of the place was an Italian lady who was most hospitable towards us.

What are the biggest challenges you faced when you started out your travel blog? Anything that you would’ve done differently today? 

The most difficult hurdle to overcome when you are young and still studying is the fact that you are broke. To overcome this, we started our teaching careers. So basically, we started working so that it would support our passion and dream for travelling and food blogging. As for now, we wouldn’t have done it any other way.

What are your travel plans for the rest of the year and are there any bucket list destinations you will be ticking off?  

As of now our travelling has been hindered by the Covid-19 pandemic with certain travel restrictions. We eagerly await to visit the places we have already been to and the places we will visit in the future such as Trincomalee, Jaffna, Hindagala, etc.

Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?

The only advice we will give out to young and up and coming travellers is to believe in yourselves and follow your passion. But do not proceed at the cost of your responsibilities to your family and loved ones. “Family comes first”; hence the origin of the name @foodiesyblings. Other than that, have fun and enjoy life. 

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