First impressions on Sri Lanka

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September 29th 2017
Published: September 29th 2017
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Pour être juste, cet article sur nos premières impressions sur le Sri Lanka ne sera disponible qu'en anglais mais ne vous en faites pas, je suis sûre que Google translate peut produire un résultat compréhensible ! J'essaierai de l'écrire en français plus tard !

To make up for the last article which was in French only, this article will only be available in English! (I'm lazy but fair!)

Sri Lanka is hot and rainy in this season. On the road, crammed streets with long rows of tiny shops alternate with miles of wilderness. Monkeys, cows, dogs and people share the same space. Some people wear very 'westernized' clothes while others wear their traditional outfits. I love the colourful sarees women wear. People are relaxed, even if it doesn't seem so on the roads, where everyone constantly beeps the horn. Shaun and I still haven't worked out why (is it a way to say hello? Are they beeping because someone is in their way? Is it just habit?).
People are warm and welcoming. They seem happy and oblivious to many things we seem to worry about (especially me) such as hygiene and safety. Cleanliness is definitely not their forte and they certainly do not seem to care about garbage and environmental issues. Shaun and I were surprised to find the train pretty clean (meaning: no rubbish on the floor - we had to revise our definition of 'clean' in the last few days!). Shaun found out there was no rubbish on the train because people threw everything out the window...
In terms of religion, Buddha is omnipresent in Sri Lankan people's lives. Representations of Buddha can be found everywhere: little statues or images in their homes, shops but also in buses and in their cars and Tuk-Tuks. Considering their driving, it is no wonder why they might find a godly protection helpful!
People seem to pray and make offerings to Buddha pretty often. In some homes and villages, representations of the Virgin Mary and other ladies (my knowledge about Christian religion is very limited) accompany representations of Buddha. I find it very interesting that their God is sharing (I don't think many other religions accept the worship of another religion's character!). Not all people worship Buddha, though. We have seen a few Muslim people.
Overall, people seem to be open and accepting. They look much happier than European people we used to see everyday. They look at us and smile at us. Maybe it's because we're tourists, but how do we react to tourists in Europe? We mainly ignore them or laugh at them. Here, they seem happy to see us and share their experiences with us. Today, we have eaten with our hands, out of a banana leaf, with locals and it felt good. It's an amazing country and we're really happy to be here!


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