Tag Archives: Colombo

For the Love of Cricket

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Cricket ball on the wall

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Banyan Tree

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Banyan trees are truly a remarkable sight in the urban spaces of Sri Lanka. I decided to collect some photos of this tree using my camera phone when I realized how prevalent its presence in Sri Lanka’s urban landscape.

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Train Window

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Watching the jungle passed by from an open train window

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Window for the clergy

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A Sri Lankan watching Sri Lanka go by

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Stopping at a station

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The window at the other side

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Sea view

Betel Quid Peddler

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When you hear sounds from a tambourine of crown caps, then most likely it’s the betel quid ambulant vendor with his sling of slatted wooden box containing neatly arranged betel quid in between slats. Most noticeably are the betel quid cones of colored grated coconut that are grouped together in alternating colors. I have seen more than a few betel quid vendors walking around in Colombo.

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About the betel quid, though it is prettily presented and happily chewed, its habitual indulgence will have adverse oral health impact according to this informative article from a medical journal.

Bus Paper Tickets in Sri Lanka

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Tickets for 2 adults and 1 child

I thought at first it was a notebook the bus conductor was holding to jot down bus related affairs, instead it was a packet of tickets. He would write the amount using a ballpen, then he would tear one or more tickets corresponding to the number of passengers you paid for. A child rate will be given in an intercity bus (observation based from my tickets) which is approximately half of the regular rate.

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Tickets for 2 adults and 1 child

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Tickets for 2 adults and 1 child for the bus trip from Colombo to the airport (CMB). Notice that no child rate was given.

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