Tears, Memories and Hope for Sri Lanka

 I first went to Sri Lanka to cover the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, I remember the drive from Colombo to Galle on my first day. The drive took 8 hours and every bend in the road revealed either the remains of broken lives and devastation or bays of profound beauty. The Tsunami was that indiscriminate.

Assignments like this stay with you for many reasons, not all good, but I remember the day I left I knew I had to go back.

Anon and I have been to Sri Lanka twice more and this little tear shaped island is one of the our favourite places in the world.

We haven’t been to India – YET – but we have called Sri Lanka, India Light, because it has all of the exotic mix and energy with some of the finest small hotels and food in the world without the frenzy and pollution. However the people of Sri Lanka are its greatest asset warm, charming and generous. For years the country has been undersold because of the troubles in the North but in recent years it has come into its own as one of the most desirable holiday destinations.

If you were thinking of a holiday in Sri Lanka, please go.


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  1. I am just gutted, and disgusted, about the bombings in Sri Lanka. I have the most beautiful memories of my two trips. The amazing people, the multi cultural and multi religious make up the country, the beauty of the country whether coastal or in the mountains.

    As it happens, I have been doing a huge clean up of the archives at the moment, and have been concentrating on the many hundreds of superb images from Sri Lanka. Reviewing all the images this past week have to a degree provided great solace with joyful memories or our trips. But also great sadness and anger that this beautiful country may have been forever changed by this act.

    I hope for Sri Lanka that people will not be turned off visiting, as happened for years in Bali after the bombings there. That just doubles up the pain.

    We may well change some of our travel plans to show our support, and visit again shortly, and encourage others to do the same.

    There are many many Sri Lankan posts on Lorrie’s blog – simply go to the top right ‘search’ area on the front page, enter Sri Lanka, and they should all come up.

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