Well I am starting to let myself get a little bit excited for our upcoming trip to Sri Lanka (actually super-excited). On a whim we chanced upon on a pair of cheap tickets back in September and grabbed them. Sri Lanka is one of those places that has always been on my bucket list of destinations! And now we are almost on our way!
I have always been absolutely enchanted by the idea of the “island of Serendip,” and I can’t wait to visit the land of 4 major religions, and the place where Buddhism was first written down. Also, this will probably be our last major exotic trip for a few years so I want to make the most of it. And the scenery looks amazing. Seriously google it.
As is my wont, I have started collecting books and articles on Sri Lanka. We will only be there for a week so I won’t be able to finish more than a few books. I’ve chosen three books to take with me to Sri Lanka. And I plan to buy a great Sri Lanka cookbook when we are over there.
For reference, local historian K M de Silva’s authoritative History of Sri Lanka. I will make a good effort to finish as much as I can on the 10 hour flight over, but this will largely be a reference work.
Scifi master Arthur C. Clarke lived in Sri Lanka for many years and wrote many of his most important works there. A few, like Fountains of Paradise, were even based there. I am really looking forward to reading this story of mankind building a space elevator. I have always been a huge believer in a space elevator and did not know that Clarke is considered one of the originators of the idea.
Finally I recently discovered that the author of the book The English Patient–a great movie that I loved but haven’t actually read–Michael Ondaatje is from Sri Lanka and wrote a critically lauded family memoir Running in the family. It looks great.
Anyway, flight leaves in T-30 hours, and I can’t wait!