Colombo is the commercial and financial capital of Sri Lanka, and full of chaos and mayhem. We tend to stick out and draw more attention to ourselves than is helpful. So, besides using this city as a transportation hub, we did little more than make it to the local market before heading out.
I have found out, that unlike my heart, my skin is extremely sensitive. I have lived the majority of my life in North Dakota, where the extreme winter conditions seem to last the majority of the year. I happen to be very familiar with snow, ice, and cold.
In an effort to better tolerate, and to promote happiness in these conditions, my husband and I moved to Colorado. Now, I cannot get enough fresh powder to fall on the ski slopes of Vail. Even in the summer it is easy to escape the city heat and find cooler temperatures in the higher elevations while backpacking in the mountains.
We are oceans away from anything familiar, roaming the world, yet still feel a sense of obligation to do or see certain things.
I am not sure if we view doing this thing as a rite of passage, or not doing it as a potential future regret. Either way, there is so much hype wrapped up in specific world-renowned places and a substantial amount of undefined pressure to visit.
My generic Target brand, broad spectrum, sport performance, FDA-approved, SPF 30, UVA/UVB protectant, sweat and water resistant, $7.99 USD partially full sunscreen bottle, that we squeezed into two 100ml bottles (for our carry-on limits) is now gone.