|Some of Travelife Magazine’s readers on top of Sigiriya Rock|
So there we were this morning, standing at the very top of Sigiriya, Sri Lanka’s top tourist attraction and most beloved icon.
It was a glorious morning and we’d climbed the mountain — it’s really a rock but I call it a mountain — in about 90 minutes; and now we were enjoying the fruits of our labors, rewarded with a most amazing 360-degree view of the Sri Lankan wilderness in all its glory.
our wonderful holiday issue at the bookstore…
I’ve seen this view before as this is my third time to Sigiriya in 22 months.
But it never fails to take my breath away with its beauty.
In fact, everyone with me is pretty mesmerized by Sri Lanka, although of course this is Sri Lanka done the Travelife way: the best hotels, the most unique experiences, and the country’s top three attractions cherry-picked for the perfect variety and mix.
Plus great company and conversation, of course, and lots of shopping and dining opportunities.
We’d seen one of the most intricate ancient caves in the world and we’d walked through some of the best-preserved ruins of a royal city in Asia.
And now we’d just climbed this pretty amazing rock for an even more amazing view.
|With some of the Travelife guys yesterday, in Pollonaruwa.
The girls styled this photo for fun.
Today’s view made me imagine how the world must’ve looked like 2000 years ago.
Yes, things are pretty much unchanged here.
And I remembered, too, how this exact view made me decide to finally go to Africa. That made me sort of sentimental.
So it was with these thoughts in mind and some music on my iPod — Madonna’s song “To Have But Not To Hold” in case you’re wondering — that I did the last part of the climb to the top.
Then, just as I was “in the zone” and appreciating the awesomeness of nature in front of me, I chanced upon a commotion right at the top of rock, where a Sri Lankan king once held court.
One of my companions on this trip — let’s call her Charming Lady — was telling one of the guys in the group: “You broke me heart.“
As usual, everything’s anonymous but let’s call this guy Mr. Millionaire, even if he’s way more than that.
Apparently, the very Charming Lady had set her sights on him, as this Mr. Millionaire friend of mine is pretty charming and interesting when he wants to be. He’s very presentable as an escort for society functions as well.
In fact, I told him how I recently saw a photo of him in a tuxedo somewhere, and he looked really good. And once or twice, he’s accompanied me to a formal dinner as well, and he’s been excellent company.
|We flew Thai Airways
to Sri Lanka via Bangkok.
Anyway, Mr. Millionaire and Charming Lady had even sat together in business class on Thai Airways all the way to Colombo. Then, on our very spacious bus, they’d been in consecutive rows, forever chatting away.
This made Charming lady think they had a future — or perhaps already an understanding.
|The photo taken before the “Korean telenovela” began….|
But this morning, right at the top of Sigiriya Rock, Charming Lady apparently caught him in the act of exchanging email addresses with a rather pretty Korean girl the group had met just minutes before.
The Korean girl had offered to take our group photo, you see, and Mr. Millionaire had given her his camera to do so.
This made Charming Lady completely furious. She fumed all the way down the mountain and throughout the long drive to lunch.
|Some of Travelife Magazine’s readers
at lunch today in Sigiriya
To Mr. Millionaire in particular, and to everyone else in general, she lamented: “It took three years for you to give me your email address, and I had to even ask it from you.
Then this girl from Korea comes along and you’re exchanging email addresses with her in minutes. What does she have that I don’t? She couldn’t even spell your name right.”
It was true. It’d taken her something like ten minutes to get his email address on her phone. We all thought she was just flirting with him.
Of course, we all sympathized with her. But what can you do if a guy just doesn’t realize what he’s missing? And don’t we all know some foolish guy who passes up opportunities for happiness like that?
More tomorrow, as it’s midnight here in Colombo, and I’m ready to say good night after another long and enjoyable day in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.
PS: This story was written with their permission.