So, what is it that has me still so in love with Sri Lanka? Firstly, it’s the people who immediately welcomed me into their family and community. It’s their quiet charm, gentle demeanour, humour, acceptance of reality – “What to do ? “when faced with something they can do little about
Then it’s the sheer beauty of the country. The river above is the one that flows below our home there in the hill country. What’s not to love about living in that environment! It’s the aroma of spices, of the drying tea emanating from the tea estate factories. The forests of rubber trees, hillsides covered in flat tea bushes, tea pluckers with their head band baskets, towering coconut and other palm trees. Sheer rock faces with their heads above the mist. Waterfalls and Rain forests . . .
. . . elephants, monkeys, amazing numbers of different birds . . . The ancient ruins of the recovered city of Polonnaruwa, of many other ancient ruins of historical and religious sites found all over the country and the amazing stories that go with them. The Buddhist dagabas, or stupas, the Hindu temples, weekly polas or markets. The list goes on!