Cool? What means this word? A/C and fans, mainly, but it’s tropical.
- How do you dress for work, leisure and how does this differ from local attire?
Work is suit city, leisure is T-shirts and shorts. Local attire much the same, except men wear sarongs and some women wear saris.
Do you feel reasonably safe?
Hmm, I work behind about five security doors and am guarded by US Marines. On the whole, yep.
Lunch for 40 cents? Any other amazing bargains?
How about a gently used Mercedes for $2500?
I suppose the real question is “do you need a houseboy that can mix drinks”?
Applications are no longer being accepted at this time, sorry.
Diplomatic posting, eh? Are you allowed to say which country you’re working for?
USA all the way.
How’s the Tamil seperatist/civil war/negotiated ceasefire thing going?
Well, they’re not shooting each other much anymore…
What languages are spoken in Sri Lanka?
Sinhalese by 74% of the population, Tamil by 18% and English my a lot. I speak Tamil, which is “unusual” for an American (like, it NEVER happens)
Was it a part of the British Raj at one time?
It was a Crown Colony, but the administration was different.
Do they have the kind of up-and-coming software industry that
No, because local education isn’t good enough and the smart people have left because of the war.
What are the major tourist attractions? Food? Cultural antiquities?
Tourist attractions include seven World Heritage sites, beaches and mor enatural beauty than you can shake a stick at. Food is similar to Thai and some Southern Indian dishes. Cultural antiquities are severely regulated by the government, and I don’t like old stuff anyhow.
Do they drive on the left?
For the most part, but it’s like rugby with cars more than like driving
Any serious plans for a Beanstalk?
Any job openings?
Yep, I need a driver. Or if you want to work in the Embassy, take the Foreign Service Exam.
Isn’t Sri Lanka having a few problems with riots and bombings and such? <snip> If I am not mistaken, there were even warnings for American tourists not to go there at this time.
No bombings in Colombo for a few years now, and few riots that would injure foreign tourists. There currently is no Travel Warning, and in fact the country is begging for tourists.