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Hikkaduwa to Colombo: A Scenic Drive

Fishing craft on the Galle road

Fishing craft on the Galle road (Photo credit: oldandsolo)

English: Colombo street scene in early 20th ce...

English: Colombo street scene in early 20th century. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This morning we left for Colombo via car and driver.  The cost was US$45 which I though was quite high but there was no easier way.  We have 2 very heavy backpacking backpacks and some hand carry luggage as well.  Hikkaduwa is not on the express train route nor near the highway ramp.  We are driving north on Galle Road so you can still capture in the rays of the sun coming off the Indian Ocean.  You also get to dodge the cattle and tuk tuk drivers as well.  This is also the longest route at 2 hours.

I am very much looking forward to being back in Colombo to meet more members of my 1993 graduating class.  This is also an opportunity for me to talk to bookstores about selling my book.  I also have an appointment with a literature translator who is interested in translating my book to Sinhala and an editor-in-chief who wants to offer me my own column.  Welcome back to Colombo!

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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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11th Grade Field Trip to Bentota

Ocean view from Saman Villas at Bentota, Sri L...

Ocean view from Saman Villas at Bentota, Sri Lanka. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Turtle project in Bentota, Sri Lanka. Place is...

Turtle project in Bentota, Sri Lanka. Place is approximately at the coordinates given. Other photos at the same spot: Image:Turtle_project_Bentota_A.jpg Image:Turtle_project_Bentota_C.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Turtle project in Bentota, Sri Lanka. Place is...

Turtle project in Bentota, Sri Lanka. Place is approximately at the coordinates given. Other photos at the same spot: Image:Turtle_project_Bentota_A.jpg Image:Turtle_project_Bentota_B.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

On September 20th, 1991, our entire 11th grade class including all of our teachers were required to attend a 3 day long field trip to Bentota Beach. This field trip was full of activities that helped us learn about each other and our teachers. It also prepared us for the International Baccalaureate.

 

Bentota River in Dharga, Sri Lanka.

Bentota River in Dharga, Sri Lanka. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Climbing a cocoanut tree
Our 11th grade class climbing a cocoanut tree

 

 

 

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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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