1 July 2012

Departure

Sri Lanka - like a teardrop hanging from the nose of India. I wish I could have seen more of it and maybe one day I shall return. But at the moment, I am sitting in the departure lounge of the Bandaranaike International Airport on the outskirts of Colombo. 

I'm London bound but with very little luggage - just this laptop, my lilac speedos and some gifts from Nalin's family but inside my skull I feel weighed down with memories of my time in Blogland. It's hard to pinpoint how and why things went wrong. I guess if the other bloggers - who had solemnly pledged their futures to that nascent kingdom - had arrived and occupied their tropical homesteads, the invaders from the mainland would have been repelled.

I still can't get those awful pictures out of my mind - the night that Thuza and Arun died. Quite possibly, the Blogland I hoped for was just an unachievable dream - a glistening Shangri-la. Maybe we human beings are incapable of forging a paradise on earth - far, far away from the mad rushing crowd. Perhaps we're hooked on stress, hassle, worry, regrets, the niggles of everyday life. I don't know. But one day I'd like to think I'll return to Blogland and try again. Perhaps you will join me?

10 comments:

  1. make it New York an count me in!

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  2. No, I fancy Denmark. After watching 'The Killing' and 'Borgen' I would quite like to learn Danish!

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  3. I too, have bitter-sweet memories - but mostly of 'My' island upon which I was marooned for three weeks. If I was to go back I confess it would be there, where it was trial-and-error, efforts earned direct results and it was just woman and nature.

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  4. EARL GRAY That's not far far away from the mad rushing crowd - it's right in the middle of it!
    JENNY Don't just say Danish - say bacon!
    KATHERINE I have checked old charts and I have determined that your island's original name was "Woman's Bodice Island" (translated from Burmese)because of the prominent hillocks in the middle of the island.

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  5. I'm thinking that walking through beautiful countryside a long way from bustling cities with no-one else in sight IS living in a sort of paradise. I guess all that is missing is the heat so the lilac speedos won't get much use (thank God).
    Perhaps when you get back home you'll count your blessings.
    Cheers

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  6. I'm still looking for the paradise moments in each and every day here where I live YP.....and usually finding something that makes me thankful. Now a short city break at some point? that would be good.....

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  7. HELEN I guess you're right - paradise is probably about perception. Regarding the famous lilac speedos, I'm thinking of selling them on e-bay so make sure you keep an eye on the bidding or risk disappointment!
    LIBBY A short city break? Try Hong Kong - the majority of people there are certainly on the short side. Or possibly Hull where many people are short of cash.

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  8. Okay, but only if you promise to ditch the lilac speedos. (For something more decorous I mean, not ditching swimwear altogether)

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  9. I will travel anywhere, though I'm still waiting for my passport, but I will only live in my little valley. Personally I'd rather risk violent trespassers on a remote island than a week in New York. I don't think it's fair that you're blaming the rest of us for the violent death you wrote for Thuja and Arun. I would have written an ending that gave the whole island to them and their friends and family and left as a hero. So it's not my fault.

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  10. that gentleman standing at the door to the departures lounge - armed with a rifle..... has rubber gloves on..... seems your adventures are still far from over!!

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