This New Year’s Eve, I will be welcoming 2013 on the other side of the world in Sri Lanka, 12.5 hours ahead of my friends in St. Louis, MO. Sri Lanka is an island country in the northern Indian Ocean off the southern coast of India. Often referred to as the “tear drop of India” because of its shape and location, it is also known as the nation of smiling people. The island consists mainly of flat-to-rolling coastal plains, with mountains rising in the south central part. Average daily temperature ranges from 82 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit.
Although the country is relatively small, it has the highest biodiversity per 10,000 square kilometers in Asia. Declared wildlife reserves are home to a wide range of native species including Asian elephants, leopards, the endangered wild boar, porcupines, anteaters, and the purple-faced langur. Sri Lanka is famous for its production and export of cinnamon and Ceylon tea, which remains a trademark national export.
This travel opportunity came up via Julie Rivinus who expressed an interest to go to Sri Lanka to visit her college friend Jehan. I immediately threw my hat in the ring only to have to go home to pull out my World Atlas to figure out the actual location of Sri Lanka. My adventure starts December 28, 2012 with an approximately 2-day travel itinerary to Colombo, Sri Lanka via Toronto, Canada and Frankfurt, Germany. Looking forward to two weeks of what should be an amazing and exciting adventure!