An 11 hour comforatable-ish flight brought us (Beth, Saida & Zoe) to Colombo airport at 2 am local time. Customs was a breeze, a super hospitable welcome rasied our sleepy moods.
As promised we were met by our friendly driver who rushed us out of the airport through the night time hussle and bussle to his air conditioned jeep. He drove us through the clear roads, whilst we sleepily sight watched the night time views of jumbled buildings and varied religious shrines, a mixture of Roman Catholic and Buddhist. We arrived at our apartment to a sleepy and confused welcome from our fourth team member Kate, who'd arrived earlier that day from Delhi.
We chatted in excitement, feeling very surreal to be in Sri Lanka, and all together again in our plush aprtment. We eventually went to bed after Kate had given us a brief insight into her travel adventures she'd had over the last month, through Bangladesh and India.
We woke to the smell of of French toast, Kate was in the Kitchen cooking away. We ate and chatted about our up and coming adventures.
Dr Nirmali De Silva came to our aprtment, who is very sweet, and made us feel at home and confident that our next month was going to be jam packed with various productive and educational trips and meetings. That will no doubt give us an amazing insight into the Sri Lankan garment industry and culture.
We spent the afternoon finding our bearings in our area of Colombo, instantly finding ourselves lost! But soon found our way once we bought a map, we orientated ourselves and found the Cricket Club, which proved to be a perfect place to ease our tummy's into some nice tradtional cuisine.... Burgers and chips!!!!
After filling our tums and chatting some more we then found a super market to buy some essentials for our apartment which already feels like home. We spent the rest of our evening prepping for the next day of presentations to the British Council to illustrate our personal aims and objectives for the next month.
Let the adventures begin!!!