Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Alive and Kicking in Sri Lanka

Belated Happy New Year to my regular readers and new visitors of this blog. I hope 2015 has begun well for you and good opportunities are unfolding. FYI, for those who have been wondering, I am still alive and kicking in Sri Lanka lolOver the recent festive season I was away from the island visiting family and friends. What was supposed to be a few weeks holiday turned into more time away as I had family not in good health. It's at times like these, you ponder why you live so far away and whether it's the wisest choice.

Looking back on 2014, it turned out to be quite a busy year for me. Mostly, it was filled with learning new things about myself and meeting the challenges within my community in Sri Lanka. I didn't get to travel as much as I would have liked, but I intend to remedy this in 2015 and get back to my adventuring ways (fingers crossed).

When I left Sri Lanka back in December 2014, there were many events that were unfolding, such as the surprise early elections and Pope Francis' visit, to name a couple. I was not on the island when these events took place. So, when I returned a couple of weeks ago, it was to a new President, post-Pope Francis' visit and an airport that seemed to burst at the seams (as opposed to a relatively quiet airport when I left). Admittedly it felt a little weird, but even with any change, most things do stay relatively the same. The smells, sounds and din of the capital was much as I left it, albeit with less posters of the previous President.