I hope everybody’s fine? This is the longest I’ve been away from my blog in the year or so since I began and it feels strange not to be in touch. “Where are you?”, you might ask, “What are you doing?”. Well, I’m packed and almost ready to go
– the remains of my belongings are in storage and I’m just finishing off the last things, like selling the car – and trying to catch up on some sleep (waking at 2 or 3 in the morning and not being able to get back to sleep for the endless lists running through my head really did me in!).
In the meantime, I’m the beneficiary of typical Sri Lankan largesse – staying in a lovely flat in town while its owners are overseas. I’ve been trying to catch up with you by a few trips to the internet cafe, but you all know, for a blogger, that’s not going to work. Now I’ve a dongle and a casual (if slow-ish) prepay package, I can keep in touch wherever I am – because yes, once I’ve sold the car, I intend to take a little farewell jaunt to a couple of “must just see again, must get decent pictures” places around the island. Then too, there’s Wesak – our festival of lights – on the 24th/25th – I have to stay for that. So the revised departure date seems to be the end of May. Stay tuned!
It’s a week today since I handed over the keys to my home along the aerial pathway of the Hanuman Troupe. No, they didn’t visit me to say goodbye – in fact none of them even passed through during the last few days, not even the old boy, to boom out his territorial rights – but I’ve been saving the last few stray shots for a goodbye post.
Goodbye Hanuman. Goodbye to your wonderful mama, to the old boy, your uncles and aunties, cousins and siblings. Long life, my little friend.