My SriLankan families and friends

Trip Start Oct 26, 2007
Trip End Oct 26, 2009

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Friday, December 21, 2007

During my six weeks in Sri Lanka I was lucky enough to meet up with the Habitat house family I had met in Oct 2005.  Sunanda, his wife Kumari, and their two little girls Gimhani 6, and Samadhi 4, were a treat to meet again, and I visited a number of times, taking many pictures as I did.

Manjula and I gave a lift to a family who were waiting for a train, that wasn't due for several hours  We drove them to the nearest bus station to their home, which saved them about six hours in the process!  They were so happy to have the lift, and the company. 

When we passed through their hometown on our way to Colombo, two days later, we stopped off the beaten path to their house for a cup of tea. I love real life, so this proved to be a highlight of an at times frustrating and overly touristic trip in-land.  I almost broke my neck making my way down the mud drive to their house, but was saved by the iron-like grip of Mrs.  She reminded me of how STRONG Sri Lankans are.  Given how manual and basic life is, there's wonderful confidence in children and grownups when it comes to things physical. 

I may not be a likely advocate for four-on-a-bike rides, but little children learn to balance, and more importantly to trust! at a very young age here.  There were so many reminders of how crazy the world has become in its health-and-safety mania.  Admittedly there are extremes, and Sri Lankan life registers squarely on the extremely risky side of the meter.. but I prefer it to the world some of us live, where you find warning signs on irons saying "do not iron clothes while you are wearing them" or some such nonsense!

So here are some photos of the lovely people I've encountered on my travels in Sri Lanka.

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