Magic, Midnight, and Mayhem

I love being friends with perfectionist overachievers.  I think that it took me all of five minutes to RSVP “yes” to my friend’s New Year’s Eve wedding in Sri Lanka, but even my very high expectations for the weekend’s celebrations were blown away long before fireworks exploded over the Indian Ocean in the first minutes … Continue reading

The Comeback Kid

The southern coast of Sri Lanka was hit hard by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and much of the country’s 35,000 fatalities (the second-highest death toll of the disaster) were incurred in the south, especially in beach towns like Unawatuna, Thalpe, and Mirissa.  Six years later, the south seems to have bounced back nicely and … Continue reading

Fort Focus

Sri Lanka is an island country of just 25,000 sq. mi. and 21 million people, but it boasts a history varied and rich enough to rival any nation in Asia.  Among its various governing coalitions, which include 8 medieval kingdoms and 3 colonial powers, were the Dutch, who wrested control over Sri Lanka from the … Continue reading