Okay I’m going to piggy back on Shaun’s idea of writing on things that are awesome in Sri Lanka. I figured there would be no better time than a Friday night after a couple refreshing gin and tonics.
I always am taken aback when people think we have given up a lot to be living and working in Sri Lanka. Honestly, I don’t feel like we have given up anything except for a little extra stress. We are not living in a mud hut in the middle of nowhere. We are living in the capital city of a developing nation.
We were thrilled when we learned we would be placed in Sri Lanka. Who wouldn’t when you read about all the beaches, hiking and excellent curries? However, I was a bit disappointed when Colombo was our placement. It’s nothing personal; it’s just that I’m not a big city person. But Colombo has managed to find a way in my heart. I may not like the noise, pollution and traffic, but there are plenty of things I love.
Without further ado, here are my favourite things about living in Colombo.
Walking around Beira Lake on a Sunday (when things are quieter) is lovely. You can even go for a romantic ride in a swan shaped paddle boat.
This swanky restaurant and art gallery is the perfect place for a nice meal. We recently went for our anniversary dinner and the food was fantastic. The creme brule cheesecake might be the best dessert I’ve had in my life!
Sunday afternoons at the Galle Face Green is the perfect place for people watching. You can grab wonderful eats at a food stall and fly a kite while watching hundreds of Sri Lankans frolic (fully clothed) in the ocean.
An afternoon walk around Vaharamahadevi Park allows you to check out the work of local artists.
Watching the sunset while drinking a gin and tonic at the Galle Face Hotel is pure perfection. (Why is it that most of my favourite things involve gin and tonic?)
Spending the afternoon lounging by the pool after a vigourous workout at our gym.
We are so lucky to have “The Sams” as our neighbours / friends / cultural guides.
The Siriwardena’s are possibly the best landlords you could ask for. Mrs. S. can cook a mean rice and curry, their daughter Buddhi is my go to expert on tying sarees and her son Kenula is always entertaining. I currently love when he dresses up as “SpiderJackson” (a hybrid of Spiderman and Michael Jackson) and runs around the yard fighting of evil villians!
The other VSO volunteers, staff at the Overseas School and all the friends we’ve made since coming here are great. Without you our social life would consist of mosquito zapping competitions and reading Facebook.
Downtown Colombo is becoming more vibrant and exciting everyday. New boutique shops and restaurants are springing up everywhere. The only request I have is for a shoe shop that stocks above a size 8.
Because we also don’t want to forget our roots, here is a gem Shaun recently heard on an Adam Carolla podcast. This should be the I Love Regina campaign theme song. For our readers that don’t know – this is all about our home town. Enjoy!