On December 17, 1988 when school had just ended for the summer vacation, we decided to do a road trip of the Cultural Triangle. This trip was quite risky as the LTTE has just bombed some buses close to the areas we would be visiting. With my dad as the driver and my mom as the tour guide, my sister and I sat in the back seat and relaxed. My mom did not want to miss this opportunity to see 1st century Buddhist temples.
My husband and I arrived shortly after midnight. Surprisingly we got off the plane by a modern jet way. After entering the airport, the sweet smell of cloves, cinnamon, and incense filled the air. Moving sidewalks, AC, and an upscale mall has replaced the chickens and goats. Immigration took a maximum of 2 minutes to pass through with no hassles. Today is writing on the beach day in Negombo. Welcome back to Sri Lanka!
English: Three female Sri Lanka garment workers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If you had a chance to take my poll last week on How Old is Sri Lanka, then I am sure you are waiting for the correct answer. The correct answer is #1. According to my research, stone objects were found that dated back to 500,000 BC. Please have a look at my presentation for more details. I am looking forward to seeing many of you in Sri Lanka soon.
Sri Lanka Traditional Drum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It is just 8 days before I leave and I want to know how much you know about Sri Lanka. You will be allowed to take this quiz till the day before I leave. On the evening of Nov 11 (on Korea time), I will reveal the correct answer.
English: Buddha statue in Vatadage, Polonnawura, Sri Lanka Français : Statue du Bouddha dans le Vatadage, Polonnawura, Sri Lanka (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
On February 1, 1991, we set out for the low lying areas of Horton Plains. The first night we stayed in a guesthouse where we would start our 9 hour hike at 6am and head to the plateau of Horton Plains.
The climb seemed pretty easy except for having to check for leeches constantly. There are only 2 ways you can remove these guys. One, by using a lighter and burn them off, or two, use Vaseline to make them slide off. If the leech already had his head inside your skin, then you got a different story. You might need some tweezers as well. By the time we crossed our first river, most of us had an encounter with one of these guys.
When we finally reached the top of the plateau, it was as if we arrived in another land. The sun came out as if it came to welcome us.
We arrived at the next guesthouse exhausted. As night started to fall, it became very cold like it does in the mountains.
The next morning we set out for the famous Worlds End (AKA Lovers Leap). The walk along the dirt trail to Worlds End was also mysterious. As the fog started to lift we noticed there was no one in sight except for us. It was so quiet that it felt like an alien was going to jump out at us at any moment. Sure enough, at the next hairpin turn, we came to Worlds End. It’s not every day that you get a view like this.
As soon as you reach the plateau heading up from Nuwara Eliya which is about a 1.5 hours drive, one can see breathtaking views of the Knuckles Mountain Range. Horton Plains looks like you have just stepped onto an uninhabited planet. Not much happens here and it is always peaceful. The last time I was here was in 1991 when I went on a field trip from my high school. Please visit my memoir Beautiful Eye to hear more about this story.
As we drove to the trail head where you can hike to see World’s End and Baker’s Falls, I noticed Farr Inn which was a guesthouse my family and I stayed in about 3 times. It is now a museum and research facility. A friendly deer came out to welcome us.
Trincomalee beach, Sri Lanka (Photo credit: james_gordon_losangeles)
The Kandy Perehara – Colombo, Sri Lanka (Photo credit: whl.travel)
Elephants in Sri Lanka, so presumably Sri Lankan Elephants. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I was just doing some research on Sri Lankan culture for this memoir when I came across an article on Wikipedia that badly needed editing, so I decided to edit it. Here is the the work in progress: Culture of Sri Lanka.