#paradise

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Cows walking freely and eating

The other day a friend sent a message asking how life is in paradise.
Sure, it’s very much like what many people would consider paradise here in Sri Lanka; turquise colored water, white sandy beaches, coconut trees everywhere, fresh fruits and lots of other tropical features.

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Curry in the making

It’s also sooooo much more…

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Anything-you-need-shop

Stray dogs, poor people, mosquitos, noisy neighbors, crazy traffic…

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Fish curry cooking for memorial ceremony

Smiles, fresh fruits, small talk, caring friends, colorful corals, wild monkeys…

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Vegetable market

Rain, power loss, water from a well, exotic birds, tasty foods, sweet tea…

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Truck loaded with bananas

Loud music, flip-flops, batik clothes, arrak, tuktuks, insane “que-system”(anyone passes the line at any time), low education level, history, language difficulties…

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Beach with a view in Galle

Cricket, boats, military, school uniforms, temples, rice and curry, ceremonies, home made food, pollution, laces, Ayurveda…

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Headband to protect the ears in the afternoon breeze

Sun screen, swimming with clothes on, bare feet, beggars, religious people, buses, lizards, trash, sunsets, alcoholics…

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Sunset at Weligama Beach

In other words – this is a country with many sides, people of all sorts and it’s own culture. A paradise for some, a not-so-much paradise for some. Like every place and every country I guess.

//Wivan

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