Trip Start Sep 26, 2006
31Trip End ??? ??, 2007
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It is a bit of an understatement to say that we stood out - two young, good-looking, white women in saris. Not to mention we were practically the only women there (I think there was one Sri Lankan woman and one other ex-pat - a topic for further conversations...). But we felt like Sri Lankan princesses (it was nice to 'dress-up' even though we were sweating and frizzy - at least I was - before we got to the reception), which is a pretty good feeling. ;-p
We were seated in the second row and the ceremony began
After 3 LONG hours (I'm a pretty patient person, unless I'm driving, but those were LONG hours) and only 4 muffled giggle fits fueled by pure boredom, the ceremony ended. To the bar, thank you! We had a stiff gin and a delicious meal.
Then the men attendees, who had consumed a few stiff gins themselves, insisted that we dance with them. And I mean insisted! They dragged us onto the dance floor where Denise showed them how to shimmy and I ended up singing - on the microphone - the only Sinhalese song I know: the Malu, malu, malu song I learnt on my birthday!
At the end of the night, one of the organizers arranged for us to get a ride home with another guest. This 'driver' ends up being the owner of the largest fly-fish tackle (?lures? bait? Dad, help me out here) manufacturing company in the world (he is also the only fly-fisherman in Sri Lanka...). He also looked just like Uncle Will from Fresh Prince.
Sri Lanka is a beautiful, wonderful place. Everyday (every hour!) I look forward to the next dose of random events, meetings and coincidences!