Friday, November 09, 2012

A week in Colombo

Colombo, Sri Lanka.

A commercial chaotic city. As I type thunder and lightning explode around me, incessant beeping, tuk tuks whizz by, waves crash: the sounds of Colombo breathing. And the heat goes on.

Most visitors to Sri Lanka only pass through here on their way to other destinations. My case is a little different, I'm here over a week now. 

Our friends from Belgium are just beginning their expat journey. I'm seeing Colombo through the eyes of an expat rather than a tourist. How difficult it can be. How things that should take 1 step, take 5. How crossing the road is its own little adventure (honest). How tiring it can be. How you want to experience your home comforts thousands of miles away from home. How little things suddenly become the most important.

But then the beauty of living a new culture comes to life. Marvelling at the differences. The kind people you meet. Dinner facing the Indian Ocean. Coconuts on the beach. Tasting fragrant new cuisine. Watching fishermen on the beach. Gazing at beautiful temples. Shopping in markets packed full of the most colourful fruits and vegetables I've ever seen.

The food? It feels like I haven't stopped eating (eh probably because I haven't). So many flavours to taste. Countless types of curries, with crispy bites and breads. Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, coriander, cumin, mustard seeds, chillies, maldive fish chips...Crunchy okra, gigantic tiger prawns, followed by sticky coconut cakes.

Next week we're exploring beyond Colombo to Kandy and Galle, where I'm told the real beauty of Sri Lanka lies.

Colombo is hectic, chaotic, noisy and crowded. But if you look beyond the gleaming hotels, glittering restaurants and shopping centres you find peace and beauty in the temples and gardens. 

And watching the sun sink into the ocean while painting the sky a kaleidoscope of red and pinks. Elle n'est pas belle la vie?

 This week's Lunchbox Of The Week is of course home cooked, Sri Lanka style:

Ladies fingers/okra, spicy cashew nuts with paratha bread, poppadoms and mango chutney. Mr.Moustache's verdict? 'They like it hot in Sri Lanka'.

A week in Colombo. What. A. Week. I'll get back to eating my way through the thousands of curries, battling with tuk tuks, melting in the heat and loving every minute of it. 

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  1. I love it L. It makes me want to travel again.
    Lovely lunch box, I'd love to taste the food. Miam miam!

  2. Merci beaucoup! The temples are so beautiful and peaceful. As for the food....ooh la la....I can't stop eating! More updates from outside of Colombo next week :-)