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Smiles

February 20, 2015

There are two very amazing characteristics of Sri Lanka.  The first, unlike India, is that women are seen out in both the country and the cities participating in all aspects of life.  I noticed this on a recent trip to Colombo and was so excited to have picked up on this key piece as it has been quite some time since I was last in India.  There were many times in India where we noticed the lack of women particularly in the cities in the evenings. This made Connie feel very uncomfortable and for good reason considering some of the recent internationally reported incidences of assaults on women.  However, in Sri Lanka, the feeling is far different.

The second characteristic of Sri Lankans is their wonderful smiles.  No matter where we have been we have been met by kind and expressive smiling faces.  People are welcoming, curious and courteous. The questions are generally the same; ‘where are you from?’, ‘how many children do you have’, ‘how long are you in Sri Lanka’, ‘do you have a pension?’ and very commonly ‘can you give me some money’! It’s only the last one we get tired of  but there others are welcomed and it always leads to further conversations as we get to ask the same questions and more.

So, below are some of those smiling faces.  They’re not all smiling but we can’t be happy all the time!

Who is this guy taking my photo

Who is this guy taking my photo

 

Working hard sellilng flowers

Working hard selling flowers

 

Top of Sigiriya so must be happy not to have to climb any higher

Top of Sigiriya so must be happy not to have to climb any higher

 

Philomena, Connie and Margaret having a great chin wag

Philomena, Connie and Margaret having a great chin wag

 

Can't tell why Myra's laughing but it must be something our guide, Kallum, is doing1

Can’t tell why Myra’s laughing but it must be something our guide, Kallum, is doing1

 

Happy?

Happy?

 

Well, he's not laughing but certainly vigilant

Well, he’s not laughing but certainly vigilant

 

Another wonderful Sri Lankan welcoming smile

Another wonderful Sri Lankan welcoming smile

 

Ecsttic - out of school

Ecsttic – out of school

 

Seems happy on this branch

Seems happy on this branch

 

Karen from Yolo - having a great time looking for elephants

Karen from Yolo – having a great time looking for elephants

 

Getting ready to enter the temple

Getting ready to enter the temple

 

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 20, 2015 21:30

    “If everybody was happy, there wouldn’t be any love songs”…Harry Nilsson
    Awesome portraits!
    Fred

  2. Anne Boldt permalink
    February 20, 2015 23:57

    Where is Yolo?
    Tell Connie thanks for the post card.
    I ran into Ted just after I picked up our mail and read it to him!
    Annie B.

  3. February 22, 2015 02:00

    They seem to be enjoyIng the bright sunshine.
    How right they are !
    Here , even in southern France you know,
    we have snow (about 1 ft.) an it’s cold.
    So glad you enjoy your life ! All the best !!!

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