Tonight, in the wee hours of the morning, we are leaving Sri Lanka. On our last day we had a few things planned but mostly we are preoccupied as to how we are going to spend the evening while waiting for our flight.
We got an early start and after a light breakfast at the hotel we loaded up our bags and left Bentota. Our first stop was at Brief, the home of Bevis Bawa who was the brother of Sri Lanka's famous architect Geoffrey Bawa. It is located in the countryside past rice paddies and into the jungle. As you drive down a narrow lane it opens up into a circular driveway. From that driveway there are two doors, one leads into the house and the other into the grounds.
Bevis Bawa worked on his home for years and the beautiful garden is a testament to his dedication. There are paths to secluded sitting areas under large fragrant trees. Along a sloping stretch of lawn there are a series of ponds leading up to the house which sits at the top of the hill. Songbirds flit in and out of trees and everywhere there is lush sweet-smelling vegetation. Scattered throughout the property are sculptures and statuary in hidden natural and man-made niches.
The house is interesting because although it was built in the 1920s and contains much of the original furnishings it has a distinctly mid-century modern feel. Here Bevis Bawa entertained heads of state, kings, queens, and all manner of celebrities. He was a bit of a rockstar and yet the house is relatively modest in size but with large outdoor living and entertaining spaces. It is a beautiful marriage of style and location.
When we finished at Brief we resumed out journey north and soon found ourselves back in Colombo. Here we stopped at the bank so we could pay our driver for all his help, had a quick lunch, and picked up an additional bag to relieve pressure from the straining zippers of our luggage. After that we asked Nanda to drop us off at a hotel we booked for the night near the airport.
It isn't as though we need a place to sleep, it is more that we wanted a place to relax, maybe take a shower before the flight, and catch up on a little down time. For less than twenty dollars it is money well spent. So here we wait until almost midnight before we jump a cab to the airport.
Tomorrow, a sleepy day in Bangkok!
Fuji X-T1, Fujinon 10-24/f4R OIS
10mm, f16, 1.1 sec @ 200 ISO