Commuting to work made me notice quite a few things in Sri Lanka. If you look at the map above, it shows 16 km to work. When I interchange the source and destination, it reduces to 14 km. That's because of the loads of one way roads in Colombo - it's almost impossible to control the traffic at peak times!
Had it not been for the commute, I wouldn't have made a wonderful discovery - I found the hiding place of the Autobots! Michael Bay, are you listening? I found two Autobots in a single day - this can NOT be a coincidence.
Yet another interesting observation is the respect for pedestrians. Crosswalks are distributed throughout the city, even on the busiest roads and drivers respect people crossing them. I wonder if there are as many crosswalks in India overnight - people would be knocked off right and left.
Thanks to the weekends, I got to travel as well, although it was curtailed by how fragile I had become. I pulled a nerve in my left foot and that got me constrained to the bed for half a week. I also caught a stomach bug (damn you, bug!) due to which I could not join the others on a trip to Sigiriya (yes, that's the fancy rock fortress that I missed!) But I did go South and Central, covering 3 provinces.
I released one day old sea turtles into the sea in Bentota (also found Squirtle!), posed with baby alligators and witnessed Mussooriesque weather in Nuwara Eliya. I tried being Jack Sparrow too, but failed to add the captain into it.
And did I mention the casinos? Casinos here are open only to foreigners (feels weird that I am thinking of myself as a "foreigner"!) I did manage a few blackjack rounds and let's not discuss how that ended, shall we?
It's just a few days until I travel back to Mumbai, but this trip has created a lot of happy memories that I am going to cherish for a long time.
Until next time, Ceylon!