Day 28 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Trip Start Mar 12, 2013
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Trip End Jun 02, 2013


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Friday, April 12, 2013

Our tour today was the Contrasts of Colombo.  We certainly saw contrasts, from the very poor to the rich.  There does not seem to be a middle class.


We got on our coach and started to drive around the city.  There was poverty everywhere.  We drove by open markets where the people were selling pineapples, bananas, and other fruits.  Most of the people take the buses or the tuk-tuks.  The men dress in sarong type skirts, some short, some long.  The women were mixed between American style clothes or saris.

The bazaar that we drove by was so crowded as people are getting ready to celebrate their New Year on the 13th and 14th.  This is a big holiday with many celebrations, mainly eating and drinking.

The meaning of Colombo is green mangoes, however, there are no mangoes grown here.  There is a street called Hospital Road, but there is no hospital, another is cinnamon gardens, but there is no cinnamon.  You get the idea of it here, right?

We drove by Slave Island, yes, there were slaves many years ago, and the moat would be filled with alligators so the slaves would not escape.  Today it is a beautiful garden area.

Our first stop was the Museum and it was quite interesting.  No pictures were allowed so we have to rely on our memories!  There were two cases full of jewelery which was quite intricate.  Looked to be gold, but not sure.  There were many other artifacts, including pottery, old utensils, plates, etc.

The next stop was a hotel where we stopped by for refreshments.  It was on the enclosed rooftop floor.  We had a refreshing orange juice mixed with another fruit for the drink.  On our plate was a half sandwich of cucumber, tomatoes and shredded lettuce.  The other sandwich was a tuna or some other white fish, but made like a tuna sandwich.  Also, there was a heavenly spice cake.

This hotel was superb compared to the other area of the city where poverty lies.  It is part of the Taj chain.  At the rooftop one could see the coast.  Just magnificent views.  We had some extra time, so we walked around the hotel and the surrounding area.

The area the hotel is in, is considered the rich part of the city.  There were many homes nearby that looked to be on the high end.  Wish we could have stayed overnight at the hotel to check out Colombo more.  But, we soon had to board the coach to see a Temple.

Most temples you have to remove your shoes.  Rich had socks and I did not.  The floors were extremely hot.  When we got there, there was a bride and groom and they kindly let us take their picture.  She was extremely beautiful and dressed in their custom as well as he.

We walked inside the temple and saw the different Buddhas.  It was quite comfortable inside the temple.  On the outside we spotted a baby elephant munching on his greens.  We all enjoyed watching the elephant eat.

Next stop was our home-away-from home.  We grabbed some lunch then headed back to the pier to shop in the little stalls.  I got a sari, but not sure what I am going to do with it.  They showed me how to wear it and it is not all that complicated.  The fabric is red and gold with some green. 

Playing trivia is just a hoot for our team.  We thought we had it nailed, ha, so not.  We just all think we are so smart!  We will miss Tom and Karen as they are an integral part of our team.  I started interviewing some people as I want to make sure they have the knowledge.  First question I asked them is how many pairs of chromosomes are there.  (Ric should be on our team)  Seeing no one could answer, I am still searching for the right couple!  By the way, we got the chromosom question wrong!

It was just Rich and I at dinner tonight as we did not share a table.  We enjoyed the steak dinner and the mixed bowl of berries.

We did some of our packing for the Taj experience, but will complete it tomorrow.  Rich will be taking his computer, but I will not be, so there will be no blogging until we get back on Wednesday afternoon.  We will be leaving on Saturday at 4:45a. 

Until next time...
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Lea on

I have always wondered about Sri Lanka. It is the source of so many of our clothes. Thanks for the geography lesson.

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