Sri Lanka is where I have spread the word about Creative Writing and enjoy being an observer of the culture here.
Three years ago I complained to our British foreign minister that this fountain was in a poor state of repair and so was the area around it. Sri Lanka had been through 20 years of civil war and a bomb blast at the temple.
The fountain was forged in Glasgow and it was put in situ in 1875 for the then Prince of Wales. He came here to look around against the advice of the UK government. Sri Lanka was not at all like it is now. Sadly, HRH came here to shoot animals. Having a broken fountain doesn’t change that.
Now it has been beautifully restored and local people and visitors alike can enjoy it.
This is what I love about Sri Lanka. Someone needed to dry their washing and found a suitable spot.
When you stand in this spot the smell of the flower stalls selling jasmine and lotus flowers is