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Shangri-La Bungalow

October 14, 2012 — 1 Comment

For the first month of my Fulbright I will be staying at Shangri La Bungalow, in¬†¬†Nedimala, Dehiwala. I’m here with my fellow ETA’s. It’s about thirty minutes to downtown Colombo from this location, and the house is beautiful. If you care to see where it is on a map, click here.

The house is quite spacious, and we have a great caretaker – Siva. He tends to the property and helps us with various odds and ends. Every morning he has a pot of Sri Lankan tea for us; its black tea mixed with milk, sugar, and spices. As he speaks Tamil, communication is a bit of a challenge, but we manage.

Yesterday I purchased a coconut from a store, and Siva shook his head. A moment later he was climbing a tree and grabbing a coconut off of it, and bringing it in the house.

Our Sinhalese classes will be held here, and they being tomorrow.

Here are some pictures (click to expand them!)

Preparing for Travel

September 13, 2012 — Leave a comment

Packing to leave your home for nine months can be a bit daunting. I’ve been gathering items from clothes to deodorant in order to get ready for Sri Lanka.

I just purchased a pair of linen trousers, to help deal with the heat. I ordered them from BananaRepublic.com, and just got them in the mail. Turns out they were made in Sri Lanka.

Globalization provides for some wacky things. An American packing to travel to Sri Lanka orders clothes from an American company made in Sri Lanka.

Maybe I should return them and buy them there?

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