THIS IS AN AMAZING FRUIT/DECO BASKET IN A VIBRANT COLOUR

THIS IS AN AMAZING FRUIT/DECO BASKET IN A VIBRANT COLOUR MADE FROM RECYCLED PAPER

I visited a variety of stores here in Sri Lanka and was really impressed to see stores selling fair trade and natural products.  I remember visiting a store called Barefoot here and speaking to the owner. He was very knowledgeable about his craft.  As he made the sale, he explained his products to me.  What was impressive was that they work exclusively with women.  It really resonated with me mainly because part of my three-week mandate here is to ensure that the training I do involves youth and women specifically.

I bought a variety of trinkets there and I intend to return for my cotton saree.  Shopping overall here is good. I managed, in good Michelle fashion, to fill my suitcase.

IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY, YOU CAN SEE THE PRINT LETTERS FROM THE NEWSPAPER

IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY, YOU CAN SEE THE PRINTED LETTERS FROM THE NEWSPAPER

This means I’ll have to offload some of the things I brought with me.  I had lots of company with me.  We also had a fabulous driver, Kumar, who had more patience than Job.  He parked at the location and waited for three women to finish shopping.  He always wore a smile. What an amazing fella he was.  WUSC is very lucky to have him for sure.

Here are the two cotton shirts I bought here.  They are a beautiful fit.

BEAUTIFUL COTTON SHIRTS...CONSERVATIVE ENOUGH BECAUSE IT COVERS YOUR BOTTOM!img_20161003_154914

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I keep forgetting to take a picture before eatingThis is called lump rice and it was deliciously done curry, chicken, hot spices and veggies!

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WUSC Office

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Harshini – Coordinator of the Program

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Katherine – Volunteer Support

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Renate – A fellow corporate volunteer. I am wearing the red dot as part of my welcome to Sri Lanka ceremony.

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Italian Restaurant – they did not serve alcohol…:(  I had ginger beer instead.

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My Welcome Ceremony consisting of an orchid lay, sprinkled water, a small cube of sugar, a red dot on my head and lots of clapping and celebrating!

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I was standing right under this tree and almost didn’t notice. Thankfully none fell.