Yes, all good things must come to an end, and I’m trying to get in one final blog post before departing this beautiful and interesting part of the world. Here are some random thoughts:
* My wife and I had lunch today with Pavi Kulatunga, a junior journalism major at UMass, and her Dad — a succesful businessman who runs a tea business in the Southern part of the country. We covered a lot of ground during our discussion, as a mini-rainstorm hit our hotel (I took video to capture the sound.) As with many Sri Lankans we spoke with, Pavi and her Dad feel positive about the future of their country.
* Elvis is alive. And, so apparently is Karen Carpenter. We heard both in our car rides to and from Colombo. No Springsteen, though.
* The British influence remains strong here and there are many formal rules to follow, much of it involving dress — we were not allowed to wear flip-flops or shorts around the hotel lobby area or restaurants after 7 p.m. Seems silly.
* Our string of getting sick on foreign trips continued when my wife got sick in the last day-and-a-half. And, I couldn’t find the immodium. Felt bad on that one.
* On our looong drive to Colombo and then the airport today, we stopped off at one of the Buddhist temples, just to kind of absorb things, and get some photos. We’ve become used to being magnets for people looking to “help” us and separate us from our money during this trip and for the most part we just politely said “no.” But when a few locals began trying to work us at the temple, we got a bit annoyed. There’s got to be a line you don’t cross, no?
More to come….I’m headed to Germany then Washington then Boston, where the latest winter storm to end all winter storms has descended on Europe. Hopefully the snow misers allow my connection to happen in Germany. Wish me luck….