- Posted March 9, 2014 by
Pyeongtaek, South Korea
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Your images from Colombo, Sri Lanka
Colombo: Where Old Tradition Meets the Modern World
After living in Colombo from 1988 to 1993 as a child during the war and then returning again last December to finish a memoir I have written about my life during this period, I noticed some things have changed. For example, when I first arrived in 1988, the goats and chickens greeted me at the baggage claim. Last December when I landed, the airport was turned into a modern shopping mall and the air was filled with cinnamon and incense.
Still, other things had not changed such as the Gangaramaya Temple. I was even able to find my childhood home which was still there and still looked the same.
Growing is a good thing for Sri Lanka's economy after the war. After 27 years of war, it is good to see a World Trade Center up, and a Hyatt being built. The Galle Face Hotel which was built in 1864 was under renovations last December.