Sri Lankan take-away
Trip Start Jan 16, 2012
59Trip End Jul 11, 2012
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Besides my good health, I take away some good memories of Sri Lanka. My most prominent impression is the easy grace of the Sri Lankan smile. My experience was that if I made eye-contact and smiled, I was 99% assured of a smile in return. This is what I miss most about Sri Lanka already. (The 1% non-smilers were mostly small children overcome by fascination.)
I also take away two observations about travelling in 2012. One is the wired nature of travel today—it seems easier than it ever has been to find Wi-Fi when we want it. I like this development. The other is that boomers are out seeing the world in force. We felt like the youngsters in the travelling set, and wondered where the 20-somethings are. Perhaps we’ll find them in India, where, experienced travellers say, travelling costs are much lower (Sri Lanka, for later comparison, has cost us about $40/day/person). In any case, I found our travel mates inspiring, from the 60-something cycling Dutch sisters to the retirees on their three-month retreats from winters in Canada. They show us what we have to look forward to.
Sri Lanka’s palm trees thick on the ground became like toy trees and then disappeared altogether as our plane took us and these thoughts toward India.
And that is another story . . .