Saturday, March 21, 2015

Remembering our Sri Lanka trip over a South Asian dinner with champagne

Lunch in a garden in Sri Lanka a few weeks ago,
living a #Travelife

For the past 10 days, all I've been doing in the evenings is going to reunions for our various #Travelife trips all over the world. It's been such fun to catch up with everyone and to talk about Travel and Life.

On Friday night, I attended the reunion of one of our #Travelife Sri Lanka groups, held in someone's lovely house somewhere in the city. Most of us were able to go, and one of the ladies kindly hosted us for a South Asian dinner.

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NOTHING BUT CHAMPAGNE AND CHOCOLATES
IN THE FRIDGE

I was tasked with bringing champagne, which was easy as I just got  a bottle of Tattinger out of my fridge, as someone else was already bringing Moet.

There's nothing but champagne and chocolates in my fridge, you see, as I'm hardly home. And when I cook, I always buy fresh ingredients on the day itself.




In fact, last weekend, I had people over for dinner, and one of the guys got something out of my fridge. When he returned to the living room, he said to me: "If I didn't know you any better, I'd have thought you were an alcoholic."

That's the farthest thing from reality, of course, as I don't drink much at all except on special occasions. But it sure makes people think about this, when they open my fridge and see nothing but champagne and chocolates inside.

A STRICT DRESS CODE


Stepping out to dinner
in a silk dress from Sri Lanka

The dress code for Friday night's reunion dinner was Sri Lankan attire.

We had all helped raise the GDP of Sri Lanka during our trip by buying up a storm of clothing and houseware. In fact, I think we raided out most of the inventory of several stores.

Talk about retail therapy.

LAST-MINUTE REPACKING

I couldn't resist buying this large brass tray
on our last stop before Colombo airport

We'd shopped so much until the last minute that, just before heading for Colombo's international airport, we'd had to park our bus somewhere and take our luggages out to literally repack our last-minute shopping right on the street.

We made quite a spectacle -- with all these society ladies frantically stuffing things into their luggage right on a street in the town of Negombo, which is next to the airport.

Remembering this on Friday night certainly made us all laugh merrily, although it's not quite the ideal image for a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.


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