Ok now I am really shitting in my pants. I am seriously reconsidering my initial decision to take on this trip to the ‘Teardrop of India’……..10 hours before flight time. Exotic, they told me which usually means backward and having only a leave to clean up after answering nature’s call. Been there done that in my halcyon days but at my age now? The world wide web is no help with its warning of blood thirsty warring factions and suicide bombers. Read this excerpt from the New Zealand goverment and weep.
There is an extreme risk to your security in the northern and eastern areas of Sri Lanka due to the fighting between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lankan authorities. The northern area encompasses all areas north of the A12 road that runs from Puttalam in the west to Trincomalee in the east, including the Jaffna peninsula. The eastern area comprises the Batticaloa and Trincomalee districts as well as the coastal areas of the Ampara district north of Panama and east of the A25 and A27 roads. That includes the town of Ampara and Arugam Bay.
Elsewhere in Sri Lanka, there is high risk to your security as the situation is unpredictable. We advise against tourist and non-essential travel. In the capital, Colombo, bomb attacks caused deaths and injuries on 8 and 14 August 2006. In early January 2007, there were bombs on buses between Colombo and Kandy and Colombo and Galle. You should avoid areas where there are Sri Lankan military bases and where the military are operating, eg convoys, patrols. Be security conscious. Keep yourself updated on the situation by monitoring local media and follow any instructions issued by local authorities and security forces. The state of emergency declared by the government on 13 August 2005 remains in effect.
Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo was closed briefly on 26 March 2007 following an attack on the military base next to the airport.
Here’s hoping that I survive and see you guys and gals on the other side if I don’t!