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Where is Sri Lanka?

English: Location map of Sri Lanka. Equirectan...

English: Location map of Sri Lanka. Equirectangular projection. Strechted by 101.0%. Geographic limits of the map: N: 10.2° N S: 5.5° N W: 79.2° E E: 82.3° E Made with Natural Earth. Free vector and raster map data @ naturalearthdata.com. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Location of Sri Lanka.

Location of Sri Lanka. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Map of the Indian Ocean

Map of the Indian Ocean (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Location map for Sri Lanka.

Location map for Sri Lanka. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An enlargeable topographic map of Sri Lanka

An enlargeable topographic map of Sri Lanka (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Lately I have discovered that not everyone knows where Sri Lanka is.  Sri Lanka is in south Asia and is located in the Indian Ocean just south of India.  Sri Lanka is also not part of India but is its own country.  Here are a few maps to help you get started on how you may want to fly there.  During the war it was nick named “Tear Drop” because of its shape and because it was “crying” from the war.  The war ended in 2009 so instead of “Tear Drop”, it is now “Beautiful Eye”.

 

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The Volleyball and Basketball Team Goes to New Delhi

English: The eastern side of the famous Taj Ma...

English: The eastern side of the famous Taj Mahal as seen shortly after sunrise. This immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife. The building is the most exquisite example of Muslim art and architecture in India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The Taj Mahal in the morning, Agra, Uttar Prad...

The Taj Mahal in the morning, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Taj Mahal, a view from the lawn. Taj Mahal, Ag...

Taj Mahal, a view from the lawn. Taj Mahal, Agra, India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Taj Mahal, Agra, India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Taj Mahal world heritage site in Agra, India.

Taj Mahal world heritage site in Agra, India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

TajMahal from Agra Uttar Pradesh, INDIA

TajMahal from Agra Uttar Pradesh, INDIA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Boys basketball team playing

Boys basketball team playing

 

We got an invite from the American Embassy school in New Delhi to play in the South Asian International School Association (SAISA) where we would play against international schools in India and Pakistan. We did not win but we had the opportunity to visit the Taj Mahal.

 

volleyball team New Delhi

Girls volleyball team in front of the Taj Mahal

 

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Taj Mahal, Agra, India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

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Arriving in Sri Lanka

On August 26, 1988, an American family touched down on Sri Lanka.

The two daughters were age 11 and 14 and their father had accepted a job

at USAID.  Their mother was an English teacher.As their driver drove them

to their new home located on 38 Guildford Crescent, ox carts drove along

the side of them and chickens ran loose.  Kids frolicked  around barefoot

while wearing torn clothing.  They still managed to stop and wave to the new

visitors. The roads are not paved like they are in America.  In fact they were

barely paved at all.  The adventure in a civil war in paradise was about to begin.

 

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