This is my world, but it's ok.. they know me here

It's been a while I've flown 5000 mils a 12-hour flight to the other side of the world it been a while I peeped through the window as the aircraft taxied to a halt. I could see the blue sky above and the coconut trees in the distance, soon I was out of the plane, It was hot and humid at 8.00 AM what a beautiful morning.

Brief

Capturing the moment in time only to be shared with a random thought, with the friends that I have yet to meet

It's the Katunayake International Airport oops I mean Bandaranayake International Airport. sorry, we keep changing the name every now and then to confuse the hell out of the returning traveller. "W" is glad to see me, he gives me the lowdown of what's been happening while we are on our way to Colombo ….its nice to be driven. buses drive on the wrong side… Tuk Tuk drivers creep behind you!!! People crossing the road from every corner except the zebra crossing. it's the morning rush. Driving here is not for the faint-hearted then in no time I get with the flow as if I had never left. wow, twenty years have gone by .. noisy, messy and chaotic it's a way of life … it's great!!! People just enjoying life to the fullest!! Recession, global economic meltdown nahhhh never heard of them in this part of the world. Three decades of war, the bloody and brutal bloodshed has now come to an end. Everyone smiles and hope is in the air sense of relief from the war. The old-world charm still exists… being lazy comes naturally and is the order of the day. The island mentality is still the king. The heat is slowing me down, but the excitement keeps me awake. I look out of the window admiring carved stones, old houses bordered by overhanging trees. Temples painted in white catholic churches with big iron gates, little known kovils and old mosques, Seeduwa, Ja- Ela and Kadana, congested towns. Old men chewing on beetle getting ready for yet another day …., ugly cut-outs of politicians erected for the upcoming elections and their false promises written in red, blue & green. I have returned for the first time yet alone, but I am glad this is my world my own little world.... but its ok … they know me here….

Random Thoughts
3rd Feb 2010
Sri Lanka

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Viran de Silva