Monday, September 19, 2005
Beautiful birds on parade. To download hi-resolution version of the above image (600 kB), click here.
We are aboard a Sri Lankan Airlines Airbus A340. Similar in shape to an A330, it has 4 engines and a longer fuselage, and flies further. Our plane's registration is 4R-ADC, and pics of it can be had here: http://snipurl.com/hrsb
As luck would have it, our flight is now delayed by 4 hours, new departure time set at 4.30am. What an unearthly hour! Reason: see above. Later that evening we actually see the hapless, tired folks from the Saudi plane undergoing stringent security checks before reboarding. A memorable day for them indeed.
A thin mosque along the way to Negombo (about 40km north of Colombo), a famous beach area. There are strong settlements of Muslims and Catholics along the A2 highway between Colombo and Negombo. There are also 8,000 Ceylon-Malays. They speak good Malay but with a thick Sinhalese accent. I met two of them in downtown Colombo, one of them a conman, unfortunately.