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Tamarra’s Travel Diary

Tuesday, 16 Jan 2007

Location: Sri Lanka

MapHello just thought I would add a brief story! So I am in the ancient city of Anuradapurna (say that five times fast!) and we are at this massive stupa! Huge more than five stories high. The stupa is being reconstructed using brick slabs about 2cm thick and about 45cm long and 15cm wide. They have built scaffolding around the stupa and are using 2 by 4 wood planks as steps. Well, don't you know that the Sri Lankans that have come to pray there in barefeet have decided to climb up this scaffolding and carry a brick up on the way. And I mean everyone, women, children, granny everyone! Now I am sitting at the bottom thinking a) they are mad climbing that scaffolding, b) what are they doing climbing this stuff carrying a brick that weighs about 20lbs or more in barefeet of all things! Just one more thing you would NEVER see in North America. Can we say accident/lawsuit waiting to happen! Which I can now add to list of the hundred other things you never see in the Western World! Thought you might enjoy that tidbit! Chat soon, I am off to catch a bus so that I can climb a mountain from 2am-6:30am so that maybe if I am lucky I will see an incredible sunrise! This is not the first time I have done this sort of thing and it has never really gone well for me! But I will keep my fingers crossed! I need the exercise to prepare for Nepal anyway! Love, T