Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Travel Journal #12 (11 May): Home Coming

Tonight was Bhagya and Sasanka's home coming at a fancy hotel south of Colombo. Not so many rituals this time, mostly an occasion to celebrate the return of the newlyweds.

It was great seeing the couple's friends and family again after touring the south by myself for three days. I just now realised that it's been just over a week that I met this crowd but I already feel at home with them.

Apart from one of Sasanka's friends drinking too much and spoiling a bit of the fun (is there anything worse than a huge man annoyingly drunk and out of control on the dance floor?) the party was still awesome. I hung out with the kids again. Dishal told me everyone was calling me sudda (white man) which cracked me up and strangely enough got me feeling very happy. Kulanga asked me whether Andre was really my name. Apparently there's this Sinhala folklore character called Andere who was a bit of a clown. So Andere is pretty much a synonym for joker. He ended up believing Andre was my realy name once I produced my drivers license.

It's now 2 AM and I need to go to sleep because the driver is picking me up at 6 o'clock to start another tour, this time around Sri Lanka's cultural triangle (at least most of it anyways): Sigiriya, Dambulla, and Kandy. Mostly I will be visiting ancient ruins and temples. How about that for playing it down haha. Nah really it's supposed to be great. Plus, on the way back to Colombo I am stopping at the Elephant Orphanage in Pinawella which I am really looking forward to.

Very tired now. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

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