Socialising in Colombo

Trip Start Dec 01, 1992
Trip End Jun 01, 1993

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Where I stayed
Perpectual Tourist Lodge

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Monday, February 8, 1993

We ate our morning munchies out on our patio and the lady of the house, who was an old widow, came up to see 'sweet' Jai and chattered with us for ages.

On venturing out we walked along the very busy Galle Road in the direction of the city centre, stopping for a while at the Green Café, which once inside I recognised as a place I had been in long ago, when I was but an 18 year old. They seemed unable to produce sugar free coffee though and after about five attempts I gave up on them.
Instead we went to the Galle Face, a delightful grand old Raj hotel by the sea, and had our drinks and chips there. We walked along the seaside with a lovely cool breeze blowing upon us, then explored the Fort area in the heart of Colombo. There we befriended Dozz, who lived in a new age commune in New Zealand, and after some roadside chatter we all went for lunch together at the self service canteen in the YMCA. I ate egg hoppers, the Sri Lankan breakfast speciality.

Afterwards, we got chatting with yet another man on the roadside, an old Welsh man who lived in Avon. He had come here on a tour of sentimentality, reminiscing of his sojourn here during the War.

We walked all the way home which was a fair distance.
The Iraqi couple invited us to drink Iraqi tea with them, though it was so strong that I couldn't finish mine. The Iraqi lady, who was always referred to as 'Madame', played for us an Iraqi beat on Andys drums and we were encouraged to dance along to it. It was a fun gathering.
Madame also preformed for us some loud finger cracking. She tried to teach us but that Iraqi art was just too tricky to get the hang of.

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