Sunday, January 25, 2015

2015 Jan 25: Where Are We Going, Anyway?

Many people have not heard of Sri Lanka, a tiny island (about the size of West Virginia or just slightly smaller than New Brunswick) that is located off the southeast coast of India. It used to be called Ceylon, a transliteration of the Portuguese word for the country, which itself was a form of an Indian word for the country - śrī laṃkā. (Remove the last two letters and you have Srilam, or Ceylon.)

Lanka literally means 'island', and the term sri means 'holy' or 'blessed', so we are going to the Holy or Blessed Island. That sounds like a good deal to me!

To learn more about the country, we invite you to visit some of these links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lanka

http://www.srilanka.travel/

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/sri-lanka

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-south-asia-11999611