12th February 2010
It seem's like yesterday since I was last here in Sri Lanka having a wonderful time exploring it for the first time. I loved it then and it's done everything to coninue my entrancement. Last year the civil war that continued to stifle life and the economy of the north of the country was apparently coming to an end and indeed it did that soon after my return. Of course the ramifications will continue for years to come and though the north of the island remains difficult to visit, right now Sri Lanka is enjoying the resurgence it deserves as a tourist destination. I'm back in it's former Capital, Kandy, today with Wild Frontiers' first ever group trip here and enjoying the rich vibrance of its culture of which this city is the the renowned centre. We have already explored the cultural triangle of the central north - the sites of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, and Sigirya; we rode elephants in the evening light through the forests and water at the edge of the Nuwarawewa reservoir; and hiked high in the Knuckles mountain range where the views are spectacular and the flora and fauna (as with everywhere in Sri Lanka) is of extraordinary variety. We are all completely over fed on the delicious local food and we haven't even reached the coast yet where the sea food is second to none. We're not even halfway throught the trip yet and we've done so much it seems as though we've been away a month. So now I must drag myself back to the market see if I can find some shoes and specs.