We spent just over two weeks traipsing through Colombo streets, enjoying the coast, and braving (okay, it was completely safe) safaris in Yala. I was accompanied by my sister and two best friends and we had such a great time.
It was fantastic to be back! The last time I was in Sri Lanka was in 2008. Since then, the war has stopped and so much has changed! Especially infrastructural changes. I mean, there is a freeway in Colombo! Blew my mind. There was noticeably less homeless people and stray dogs, and I’d love to look at that positively, but according to various reports, the government had been getting “rid” of these “unsightly” consequences of a poverty stricken nation. Honestly, I just don’t want to get into that because it’s disgusting, but there is an ugly side to the beautiful country, and it shouldn’t be ignored.
On a more positive note, tourism has definitely picked up. I was shocked at the amount of Europeans lounging in the sun on the beach. It was nice to see people enjoying what SL has to offer.
It was also fantastic to see my family! Sri Lankans (especially Burghers) are intense, energetic and over-the-top. It’s nice to get a dose of that every now and then.
Highlights of the trip:
-Tuk tuk race! My sister and I vs my (very Australian) best friends. My sister and I won because my mates driver stopped so they could see the elephant that was crossing the road. Only in Sri Lanka!
-I saw a leopard up close! It was amazing. He looked us in the eye and took a slash (Aussie slang for “marking his territory”)
-I went to Colombo Fashion Week. Honestly, not at all my scene, but it was super fun and interesting to get amongst that socialite type of event.
-We went to eat at this tiny “cade” (small street shop) and ordered food. My special friend, Breanna, pointed at various things and the server responded with a shake of his head. Breanna was super confused, thinking he was saying no, only for me to enlighten her that the little head wobble means “okay” in this corner of the realm. Giggles.