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Snapshots of Sri Lanka
Edited by Lee Mylne
Once called “the island of serendipity”, Sri Lanka is a place where a rich culture and chequered history combine. Where cricket tragics, surfers, and adventurers meet Buddhist monks, fishermen, and orphaned elephants. Where the scent of cinnamon floats on the air and there’s a feeling that anything is possible.
This collection of travellers’ tales has been put together to benefit the “Samadhi Grove” early childhood development centre in the village of Smagipura in southern Sri Lanka. The preschool is the dream of an Australian Buddhist nun, Sister Susila, who has been visiting Sri Lanka since the 2004 tsunami, working with underprivileged and disabled children.
Join some of Australia’s best known travel writers, who have generously donated their work to this anthology, as they explore the serendipitous joys of travel in Sri Lanka. Susan Kurosawa explores the eccentricities of this wonderful island nation, John Borthwick pauses on the ‘siesta coast’, Daniel Scott takes the cycling tour of his life, keen surfers Louise Southerden and Brad Crouch test the waves, and Brian Thacker helps his Dad relive some memories. Then there’s cricket, white-water rafting, elephants and whales, unusual hotels, and a cast of wonderful characters.
Lee Mylne is a freelance writer and editor and a passionate traveller. She has lived and worked in New Zealand, Australia, England, Canada and the Middle East, and for the past 15 years or so has specialised in writing about travel and tourism. The author of (or a contributor to) a dozen books, she has also co-edited two anthologies for the Australian Society of Travel Writers, Best Foot Forward and Red Dust & Wanderlust. Her latest book, Great Australian Pubs, was released in early 2012. Lee has travelled to more than 50 countries – including three visits to Sri Lanka.