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Author Archive: Julia Hamel

A Sinhala Lesson in Sri Lankan Culture

A Sinhala Lesson in Sri Lankan Culture Sinhala igene ganeva – I am learning Sinhala. I’ve been learning Sinhala (the language spoken by over 70% of the population and the predominant language in Colombo) for 2 months at the British Council and every chance I get in the streets, restaurants and at the office. The…

The day the sea came to the land

“The day the sea came to the land”. This is how the Sri Lankans refer to the Tsunami of December 26th 2004. Islanders had never seen or heard of a Tsunami where the water first goes out and builds up before it comes crashing inland, and so they ran towards the receding water, picking up…

Lankave kama Keamati

Lankawe Kama Keamati! (I love Sri Lankan food!) Sri Lanka’s wealth unquestionably lies in its natural resources and foods. At every meal, I discover new vegetables and fruits that we don’t have access to in our Western supermarkets. Sri Lanka has three national fruits: the belli against diseases and ailments, the pomegranate for digestion and…

Julia Hamel

Nothing is more exhilarating and fulfilling to me than being thrown out of my element, out of my comfort zone and head first into a completely different setting with its unique challenges, cultures, tastes, smells and way of life. My name is Julia Hamel and I am counting down the days to be warmed (scorched…