After a few relaxing days in the mountains outside of Kandy,
we made our way back to the bustling seaside city of Colombo.
Being a Sunday, the beach was filled with families...
and vendors selling all sorts of entertainment.
If they weren't flying a kite...
they were dipping their toes in the water.
Random fact learned while living in SE Asia:
China is offering aid to countries struggling financially
while retaining ownership of certain aspects of the deal.
The port seen in the distance is one of the ports China now owns and controls
to compete their 'Belt and Road' project.
Nearby Pakistan is another.
There are many others as noted in this article.
'Investing' is a curious description
of something they now have complete control of.
each country now struggles to pay their debt.
We had a bit of time...
to explore around our hotel...
before a lovely sunset...
accompanied by the lovely tunes of a piper...
anouncing day is done...
as the flags are lowered.
The tragic hotel bombings of Easter 2019
straddled its property,
and somehow Galle Face escaped attack.
While editing these photos,
what should be peaceful memories,
eerily like a premonition of what would take place eight months later.
At that point it was only a railway strike on the surface,
with politics and religious unrest boiling beneath.
Travel can only be enjoyed under the adage:
Travel is certainly uncertain.