Welcome to Sri Lanka!

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I love the conflict zone ambience!

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There are soldiers everywhere…

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…wearing different uniforms and carrying assault rifles.

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Some were seen at structures like bridges but mostly they’re everywhere – there’s an armed soldier every 100 meters or so.

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The car (furnished by Holiday Inn Colombo) had heavily tinted windows at the back, which I wound down to take photos of this interesting phenomenon, much to the consternation of the driver and the Holiday Inn representative. Heh!

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It’s like playing I Spy, no wait, like Foto Quest Fishing where you try to take as many photos of different soldiers as you can, preferably in groups.

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Congratulations! You’ve just snapped a rare Sri Lankan soldier in desert combat fatigues!

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However, it should be noted that most soldiers in Sri Lanka are fond of shouting questions and firing guns with no apparent preference about which order they do this in, so I would exercise caution when taking photos. I’m told the military does not like to be pointed and shot at (even with a digicam).

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I managed to take one with a decidedly grumpy looking soldier.

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I also convinced him to let me pose with his rifle. He was apprehensive and put the safety on and won’t let go. I got the impression he was extremely uncomfortable about the whole thing. πŸ˜‰

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