Monday, 13 May 2013

NEGOMBO 29march SRI LANKA 2013

As we fly out tomorrow,we made our way to this seaside town,half an hour from Columbo airport.
We found a nice guesthouse,said goodbye to our van and driver,hired some pushbikes and spent a lovely afternoon cycling.In the port there are hundreds of colourful fishing boats,about
50 feet long,made of fibreglass.presumably a lot of wooden ones were lost in tsunami,and these replaced them.Negombo has become a major departure point for boatpeople to Australia.
Negombo is also known as LittleRome- as it has so many large catholic churches.most of the population is catholic.yoday was good friday.all the churches had huge congregations with outdoor stages and plays.there were large groups walking to chuches,the women in all white finery.young girls in exquisite dresses,with wings,ie dresses up as angels,were carried on high platforms,down streets to various chuches.it certainly felt like we were in another country than sri lanka.

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