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Dec 29, 2008 - Colombo via Matara

We wave down a bus to Galle bus station so we can get on a 'fresh' bus just starting and grab a front seat. Along the coast into the areas more severly hit by the tsunami we saw mixed remains of what once were homes - now just shells, family wiped out? - walls and new construction, and tombstones all along the way in small cemetaries between the road and the beaches. Back to Colombo … all along the way bunches of coconuts…early in 2008 the govt lowered the tariff on palm oil so now palm oil is imported competing against the home grown coco...

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Dec 17, 2008 - Colombo, Sri Lanka

12-17 Got to the airport and thru some interesting security but did not take as long as we had anticipated. They did not question water or any other liquids. Very nice one hour plane ride and then again the trip thru security was not bad, easy stamp into Sri Lanka, no $$. Got a bus and then a tuk tuk to YMCA - a dump - then to YWCA, 180 degrees difference! Very nice people, clean, spacious, and economical...incl breakfast. Went to theater, saw an action movie - ............. 12-18 After early stop at Indian visa consulate and an aborted...

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Aug 28, 2008 - Sentimental in Sri Lanka

(To see these photos up close, run your mouse over the botton left corner of the slideshow and click on Sri Lanka. This will...

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Jul 21, 2008 - Colombo

We finally arrived in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, after a long night of travelling and no sleep. All I wanted was a bed! We ended up in a 'hostel' which looked like an old mansion, called YWCA... little did we realise it stood for 'Young Women's Christian Association' where there were old women playing the piano every night! The room was extremely basic... everytime you walk into the bathroom you get dried up paint stuck to your feet and Lee's mosquito net is full of dead bugs and holes and his legs stick out the end! We have spent...

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Mar 14, 2008 - Slow Immigration at Colombo Airport

Buddhism, cricket, delicious curries, elephants, exotic fruits, lush green landscapes, palm-lined beaches, saris, spices, the Tamil Tigers, tea, the Tsunami – these were all things that came to mind as our descent was announced: “Twenty minutes to landing”, came the captain’s voice over the tannoy. Five minutes later, as the lady sat across the aisle from me was talking loudly on her mobile phone and the one next to me was praying to Allah for a safe landing, I was wondering if our Qatar Airwasy flight was ever going to make it. Maybe the...

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Jan 22, 2008 - Arrived and settled

Flight The flight from Heathrow to Colombo was uneventful - i got very excited by the food and the films on the plane. Arrival The airport was very busy for 5am in the morning and I got my first taste of srilankan craziness! Everyone clamouring for your business. Charley, an employee from Projects Abroad picked me up and drove the terrifying 45 minutes to my hotel in the middle of colombo. Indra Regent Hotel This hotel is quite basic but cheap and friendly and quite nice really. I slept til lunchtime, got up and went for a walk along the...

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Jan 10, 2008 - Abschied / Ayubowan Sri Lanka

Was, schon Zeit zum Aufstehen? Kann nicht sein, es ist doch erst 3.45 Uhr. Wir sind kaum aus dem Schlaf erwacht, stehen wir zwei Huebschen am Treffpunkt beim Reisebuero, wo wir aufs Taxi warten sollen. Fuer Indien untzypisch ist der Chauffeur puenktlich....wollen die uns sobald als moeglich loswerden? Die Fahrt zum Flughafen verlaueft sehr ruhig, abgesehen vom niessenden Oesterreicher, der ebenfalls im Auto sitzt. Da der Flughafen von Trivandrum klein ist, sind das einchecken und die weiteren Formalitaeten bald erledigt. Anita's Abflug ist...

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NAMASTE INDIA

Sep 3, 2007 - Sri Lanka-Elephants but no Sheep

Sri Lanka is shaped like a tear drop falling from the tip of India. The less impressionable Dutch likened it to a leg of ham. Have a look for yourself. It's about the same size as Ireland or Tasmania but with the population of Australia. It has however, little in common with these places. Know where it reminds me of? At the risk of simultaneously offending several nations, I have to say New Zealand! I've written before that India is an assault on the senses. Not so in Sri Lanka. On the bus the other day, booming music and the next...

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Mar 25, 2007 - Cochin India

25th March The ship had docked in Cochin overnight to allow us to depart on our houseboat cruise down the river Vembanattu Kayal. Our guides name was Joyce [after James Joyce -male] and the journey to the river took about one and half hours in a small seven seater van full of what appeared to be quite active mosquitoes. The houseboats were originally used for transporting rice down river, but had been converted into houseboats complete with two air conditioned bedrooms and 25hp outboard engines. The roof was made of bamboo and the 60ft...

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Feb 19, 2007 - An unexpected trip to the beach

Greetings from Sri Lanka, I'm currently sat in the airport waitting for my connecting flight to Singapore. For some reason the cheapest way for us to travel is on different flights. SO I left Lucy in India and headed to the airport at 6am. The first leg of my trip to Singapore was a short 2hr flight to Sri Lanka. I was sat next to an Indian man who I'm pretty sure had never been on a plane before. There was a certain amount of confusion as he found his seat next to me and stowed his luggage. He was sensible enough to read the instructions...

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Jan 9, 2007 - We've Been to Sri Lanka! (Matt)

I'll admit that I didn't expect much from Sri Lankan Airlines. I'm not really sure why, but I guess I had a visision of the airline version of a Lao bus. How very very wrong I was! First, there was substantially more legroom than on a normal economy flight, but it only begins there. Then we noticed the display sceen in front of each passenger: we all had our personal entertainment system with video games, puzzles (crosswords and such), a choice of at least 10 movies (3 or so in English), and a myriad of television shows. Then the beautiful...

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Oct 1, 2006 - Colombo, Sri Lanka

We arrived in Sri Lanka on 1st October to begin our month's voluntary work with the Brothers of Charity. We flew to Colombo where Brother Gregory met us at the airport and drove us to the Brothers house at Nisansala, Ja Ela. Bro Gregory is the 'Tsunami Coordinator' for Sri Lanka and also oversees the running of the Nisansala and Negombo centres which provide residential care and training for 113 persons with learning disabilities ...so he's always on the go! There are six Brothers of Charity communities in Sri Lanka based in Colombo,...

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