Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure
“If you come to a fork in the road, take it.” ~Yogi Berra
We visited Sri Lanka in 2010, just after the decades long civil war between the Tamil Tigers and the government ended.
Being there at that specific time was truly an adventure, and traveler’s dream.
As we explored the country, we saw few other tourists, but plenty of military checkpoints (that we were quickly waived through), and soldiers with rifles stationed all over the country.
We were quite safe though, and after years of conflict, and an almost total absence of tourists, Sri Lankans threw open the doors of their country, and enthusiastically greeted any foreigners traveling there. People were optimistic, almost anxious to interact with us – not to get our tourist dollars – but simply to converse and connect.
It was a transient moment. One I’m grateful to have experienced.
High up in Sri Lanka’s Hill Country, we found a train station that seemed stopped in Edwardian times. There were no digital displays or fancy schedules – just a man, a desk, a hand drawn map and some paper train tickets.
I wonder if it’s changed since then?
Have you visited Sri Lanka recently? What was your experience like?