We arrived on April 25, 2008 unaware that a couple of hours earlier a bombing of a commuter bus was carried out in Piliyandala, Sri Lanka, a suburb of Colombo. Soldiers with guns and maximum security were everywhere when we arrived. Sombre reminder that the country is in conflict.
The atmosphere of a small fishing village Negombo near Colombo has gone back to normal, everyday life. When the tsunami hit on Dec 26, 2004 inundating everything in its path, Sri Lanka was one of the hardest-hit countries. An estimated 35,000 Sri Lankans died. More than 500,000 were displaced.
My experience here is short. I cannot stay longer due to my scheduled travel further east, but promise myself to come back again one day.