Happy New Year from Sri Lanka! Today is the first day of the new year in this endearing little country, as we learned on Thursday when asking why there were so many fireworks for sale. Last night was celebrated by locals with new clothes, food, fireworks and time with family — a bit mellower than where we’re from but probably more enjoyable.
After leaving Yala on Thursday, we drove along the south coast toward Mirissa — a beautiful drive, part city, part coastline and views in every direction. Tsunami damage was visible throughout the journey, and everyone here has a story to tell about the day their world shook down.
After two nights in Mirissa, we headed to Unawatuna for one night with a day trip to Galle yesterday. The streets were quiet with the New Year approaching, but a picturesque town full of character was ours to explore.
Back in Colombo, hopping a flight tonight, home in the wee hours. Spotty wi-fi, lazy afternoons on the beach and sunset beers have taken priority over blogging, but a full post on our trip is on the way in a day or two. There’s much to love about Sri Lanka.