On arrival in Colombo, we visited the Parliament Building and the Civil War Memorial flanked by a wall containing the names of some 27000 military missing or killed during the conflict with the Tamil Tigers. We also stopped at a copy of the Memorial Hall at Kandy. It was surounded by nice gardens. We saw some other buildings such as the Conference Centre, the National Mosque, and a new Arts Centre. We had a tea stop at the Iconic Galle Face Hotel which has been beautifully restored. Yesterday was election day for municipal elections countrywide and no alcohol could be bought or served much to the dismay of some of our group. The guide said that these elections were the most peaceful they had ever had so he took this as a good sign for the country. I am off to Singapore as my last stop on the way home.

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