Iraqi Gentleman in Colombo

Trip Start Dec 01, 1992
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Trip End Jun 01, 1993


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Where I stayed
Perpectual Tourist Lodge

Flag of Sri Lanka  ,
Sunday, February 7, 1993

We flew on a decent short Air Lanka flight, only 55 minutes, to Colombo airport, a rather more efficient and pleasant airport that its Indian counterpart. On the bus ride into the city the conductor tried to extortionately charge us 50 rupees, which we knew was not correct, and when we threatened to get off the conductor charged us the proper price of 10 rupees.

In Colombo we got a train out to the suburb of Bambalapitiya because our book recommended the vegetarian restaurants in the area, and we had now come to a land of Aryan meat eaters.
Colombo looked much the same to me as I remembered it was 12 years previously.
We located the Perpectual Tourist Lodge down a rather Mediterranean looking residential road. A building site at the front gave it the appearance of being closed down though it was not. We had to pass some vicious looking guard dogs to get to our upstairs room which quite pleasantly had patio seating outside. We sat out on that patio till late.
An old Iraqi man, who was a retired teacher, came to chat with us. He had come on holiday with his wife, who was also Iraqi. He seemed very much the gentleman. He referred not to live in Iraq anymore. He said there was no freedom there. Instead he had opted to live in the Arab country of Jordan. He was from a Christian family.
There was some great unspoken sorrow in him when I asked why he had left Iraq, and so I did not press him more on the subject.

There were many mosquito's biting us in the night.
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