Douwe Osinga's Blog: Off to Sri Lanka

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Tonight we're flying to Sri Lanka for a week of relaxing and looking at old temples. Yeah, I know, a week is too short to appreciate a country like that, but then the world is just to big to visit it all within the holidays provided by average employers and still do it justice. So what's a poor guy to do?

From time to time I meet people who insist that if you don't spend 6 month in Nepal you haven't really been to the country, you don't really know it. I don't know. If you really get down to learning the language and study the culture in depths, you probably do take home something quite unique, but that doesn't seem the usual case with the  long time travelers. The longer they travel, the more the cost of accomodation seems to play a role in day to day conversation.

I take a more global view. Our planet has lot's of stuff to see and there is no real reason to limit yourself to one country other than practical stuff like visas and plane connections. Life's a box of chocalates, you never know what you'll get, except for that you do. There are travel guides and lists of monuments. If you have the time and money, you can check out all the best man kind has produced. Nobody has the time to learn all the languages of man kind or to really know all the cultures on the planet.

If you're a regular to this site, you know about my visited countries project where you can check countries you've been to and get a nice map as a reward. My approach to travelling has given me a map with relatively a lot of red. Interesting dilemma for now, I had a look at the prices in Sri Lanka (which seem very reasonable, especially compared to Zurich of course) and then wanted to convert them so I looked up the currency rates. But I wasn't really sure what to convert them to, Swiss Franks, Euro's or Dollars.

Anyway, I got to go. Here's to country #85.