Sri Lanka is about half way around the world and approximately a 24 hour flight from Washington. I reached it via Atlanta and Dubai on one of Delta's new flat bed-flights and was able to get about 9 hours sleep. I actually arrived in Colombo quite refreshed and can't imagine going on any more flights of this duration in "cattle" class. I'm now spoiled and our kids inheritance will have to take a hit if Gertrud and I take any more vacations further away than Europe.
I'm only here a few days and don't have much time to see the sights so can only report my basic impressions. My biggest surprise has been to discover that Sri Lanka is about 70 percent Buddhist (the rest being Hindus, Muslims and Christians). I had somehow pictured it as being primarily Hindu or Muslim and much like India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It feels more like Burma or Nepal with many pagodas, stupas and temples dotting the landscape. An interesting local tradition is Poya, a Buddhist public holiday for religious observance which takes place at each full moon (12-13 times a year). (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
|A Colombo City View|