John and Jane in Thailand

J and J have escaped the hurly-burly of life in the USA.

Sri Lanka

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When John’s sister, Jeanette suggested we go on a week’s vacation with her and her partner, Maew, we jumped at the chance.  They are fun to be with, have a sense of adventure, and Jeanette speaks a lot of SE Asian languages.  Our criteria for choosing a location included reasonable flight length (that left out New Zealand), culturally interesting, and an Air Asia destination (cheapest fares around with deals always to be had).  We found what we were looking for in Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon.   I’ve put a map of the world in with the images for those of you not sure where Sri Lanka is.  It is the dark spot off the southeast coast of India.    Archaeological evidence puts humans on the island before 125,000 BCE; Sri Lanka has a history of over 3000 years, having one of the longest documented histories in the world;  it is where the Buddhist teachings were first written down and is the oldest continually Buddhist country.  Sri Lanka is the greenest, most lush place I have ever been.   It is a beautiful island with gorgeous beaches, wonderful mountains, a wealth of archaeological sites, and lovely people of diverse cultures, languages and religions (70% Buddhist, 15% Hindu, 7.5% Muslim, 7.5% Christian).  And, it was once an English colony so it has that thrown into the mix too.  Sri Lanka has eight UNESCO world Heritage Sites, we visited four of them.  I’ve put in a map of the island with markings of only those places we visited.  Well, we didn’t really see Columbo but that is where we flew into.  I will take you on a photographic tour using the captions to narrate.

 

Written by Jane Estes

June 13, 2012 at 4:58 pm

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