It’s the people, it’s the place.
Tasty tropical mangosteens.
Old colonial leftover hotels with kamikaze cocktails.
The locals love for children.
The lethargic heat.
Respect for the ferocity of the sea.
Whitewashed walls and stupa’s.
Joy and jubilation mixed with enthusiasm.
Busy bustling markets.
An easy going attitude.
Short eats and orange Kandos chocolate.
The way that everyone wants to do something for you.
The cool breeze and beautiful clear blue water of the Indian ocean.
The acceptance of the foreigner.
A peaceful temple oasis in the busy city.
Where the locals go.
Their willingness to go above and beyond.
Members only clubs.
The genuine wish to make your trip better.
Homemade margarita’s and little girls dresses.
Their sense of humour and camaraderie after years gone by.
A fortress by the sea.
Polite service staff.
Fancy restaurants in renovated dutch hospitals.
Their persistence and patience.
Orderly school children walking in a line.
Dining on the beach with the added danger of the strong swirling currents of high tide rising.
A Rastafarian brothers greeting.
Listening to the crashing waves as you drift off to sleep.
Early morning exercisers and sunset surfers.
Palm trees aplenty.
The familiar tune of green sleeves as the bread seller passes by.
Friendly tuk tuk drivers.
The largest roti in the world made while you wait.
The elephant on the side of the road and the monkey on your balcony.
Dogs with a death wish daring elaborately decorated trucks.
Windy climbing roads.
Their craziness about cricket.
Hillsides of tea above rocky rivers.
Tranquility, peace and quiet.
Flower sellers following you up and down mountains for a sale.
Showing me what is not in the guide book.
Speciality hand rolled white tea.
Cooling afternoon rains
Egg hoppers and fresh coconut sambol.
A private tea taste testing.
That Singaporean couple we bumped into 3 times before we finally exchanged details.
Stone crafted to look like wood.
Drinking out of coconuts.
Dizzy display of Kandian dancing.
150 Buddha’s in a cave.
Feeding an elephant and then watching the herd bathe.
Seafood platters and long island ice teas.
It’s all this and more.
Thanks to all my family in Sri Lanka for making my family trip a delight. Hope to see you all again sooner rather than later.