The news of Sri Lanka declaring bankruptcy and the riots broke out, most people may think this is just a matter of a small and unknown country, just to see the hilarity, but for me, there are still some emotions. A few years ago, I went to Lanka for a business trip and stayed there for a few months, and it was still peaceful then, but now it's like this.
Today we won't talk about current affairs, let's see what such a small island country looks like when it's calm.
Many people may be a little confused when they hear about Sri Lanka and don't know where it is. If you know that India is just to the southwest of us, in the shape of an inverted triangle, then Lanka is very easy to find, it is right next to the sharp tip of India, known as a tear in the Indian Ocean.
Well, now that we know the location, let's set sail.
The destination this time was Colombo, the capital of Lanka.
As it was a connecting flight, it happened to be on Air Lanka. The airplane meal is close to India, so the food habits are similar, and curry is essential. The taste is quite acceptable, after all, I have eaten chicken curry in China.
(Local colleagues bring rice from home, is wrapped in paper, spread is rice and vegetables mixed together, the taste of condiments is heavy, and is eaten by hand, look greasy.)
This was after landing and entering the airport hall in Colombo. Most of the local people believe in Buddhism, so a big white and clean Buddha statue is also placed at the airport. By the way, since Lanka is close to the equator, there are no four seasons and it is always summer. However, it is only 30 degrees in summer, unlike some places in our country where it is 40 degrees. But as a northerner, I felt a sense of despair when I got off the plane and the sticky heat hit me.
Arriving at the Colombo residence and overlooking the city. It's not bad, the locals like white, and the houses are scattered among the trees, looking fresh and simple.
This is one of their central squares. It always looks familiar, like an improvised version of the US Capitol.
In other countries, there are seagulls soaring on the beach, but here they are flocks of crows. I suspect this is their national bird. But the crows are actually quite smart, and it's all because of the complex meanings given to them by self-interested humans.
The feeling of the island is that all roads lead to the sea ah. Colombo itself is a coastal city, every lane, and before you know it, you are walking to the sea. For people like me who live inland, I really had the addiction of "seeing the sea".
The street scene, still plain, makes people feel at peace inside, as if they have been forgotten in the corner of the world and are not disturbed from now on.
People are sitting leisurely on the beach eating ice-cream and chatting, having a good time. (Although Lanka is close to India, there is no vice of trivialization and bullying of women here, and women work normally)
Looking into the distance, the vaguely visible construction equipment is said to be our country's Oh. Lanka has leased the harbor to us, built by China. You can see the sign of "China Communications Construction" on the roadside, which is very friendly.
Christmas is celebrated locally with tall Christmas trees placed in malls.
This black-topped, colorful bouncing car, locally known as the "mutant car", is the most common means of transportation. When you take a taxi, most of the time you take this kind of car. It is also good, convenient, ventilation.
Lanka's seaside train is a must mention. Many people say that this is the prototype of the train in the water in "A Thousand and One". The tracks are indeed right on the beach, but the train is of average quality and rather dilapidated. Their trains run very slowly, and there is no need for guardrails on either side of the tracks, so people can just walk through and see the train coming, and then walk away without panic.
Lanka's number one specialty: black tea. It's not expensive, so you can buy some as a gift.
The supermarket is pretty well-stocked, with good dairy products.
Colorful fruit stall. But the service is not so good, such as buying pineapples do not give peel, which can be sad.
Seafood market, simple and crude, fished up the big fish on the set.
The island, the least crab, the focus is on the local people do not eat, there are always one or two crab stalls in the market, is specifically sold to the Chinese. Buy a pocketful and find a Chinese restaurant to handle it, it's really delicious and you can eat it until you're ready.
Lanka's currency, the rupee, is not worth much.
Finally, I bought a souvenir of the map of Lanka, specifically to see the origin, not made in China, haha.
How about this small country is not quite easy-going, floating with the world on the vast ocean. I hope they can get back on track soon.