Colombo, Sri Lanka. less tense, hell of a lot more flags.

Open for the first time in decades.

Last time I was in Colombo, Sri Lanka was in the last stages of it’s 26 year civil war. If you somehow missed it, that war came to an end a few weeks ago. Since then Colombo has pretty much been in a constant state of party fueled by a sudden outbreak of nationalism. Whoever manufactures Sri Lankan flags is making out big time.

Hoped some of these would be taken down by now.

They’re stung over roads, stuck to trees, plastered on every car. Pretty much anywhere there is space a flag gets stuck on it. Beaches that were closed for decades for security reasons now have young couples strolling along them. Couples who have never seen this beach or a country without war. We’ll see how much this jubilation subsides as I travel into the more Tamil populated areas.

4 Responses to “Colombo, Sri Lanka. less tense, hell of a lot more flags.”

  1. jess Says:

    hey carl, nice pics. i guess you’re not seeing too many tourists around?

  2. Jaliya Says:

    thnx for the update.
    Hope your article would be helpful to bring more tourists to Sri Lanka.

    good work, kepp it up.


  3. Ryan JL Says:

    It’s always nice to see good slowly emerge.

    Those photos of the “no cameras” sign is quite ironic, but a very good collection.

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