An exhibition entitled ‘Island Mentality’ at the renowned Saskia Fernando Gallery in Colombo takes a sideways look at what the term means in Sri Lanka.
A major tourism promotion collaboration between Sri Lanka and US broadcaster CNN has produced a series of compelling videos showing different aspects of our cultural heritage. Called the Great Big Story, the first spotlights the 80 amazing Caves of the Golden Buddah at Dambulla, which contain many priceless statues and 1,500 paintings and murals.
Photographer Aaron Joel Santos* says on his blog From Swerve To Shore that “the world is a beautiful place, and I’ve always had an easier time of showing than describing it”. He describes Sri Lanka as “an incredible country, but one that defies easy description, even in its most innocuous and traveler friendly form”.
Sri Lanka like it used to be back in the 60s rekindles some fond memories for renowned Colombo journalist, musician and social activist Feizal Samath. Enid Blyton, ex-London Transport red buses, ‘suicide-door’ cars, Brylcream, Elvis Presley—and Woodstock.
There’s so much history and mystery in Sri Lanka it’s hard to know where to start—but the Ports Authority Maritime Museum is as good a place as any. Tucked into a corner of the Fort area of Colombo, it’s a stone’s throw north of the much better known Dutch Hospital shopping precinct.
American bloggers Eliot Peper and Drea Castillo rave about the street food in Sri Lanka’s “foodie paradise” capital Colombo, “which also turned out to be a fashion hub”. Menu toppers included kottu, “a seriously loud dish of chopped up rotti, loads of veggies and usually egg and chicken”.