Linnea Ashley on August 21st, 2005

looking at the “future” site of this new town emerging out of a thorn tree forest and there are more questions than answers. where will the elephants go? some say this is part of an elephant corridor. where will people get firewood? I am torn between the truth about what will sustain and protect people’s […]

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Linnea Ashley on August 21st, 2005

driving along the coast and the waves are rougher than i imagined. someone explained that the monsoon season is as much about rough waters as it is about rain. i watch the water curl on to itself and pull mightily with such force – dragging it’s feet over it’s head, over it’s feet back to […]

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Linnea Ashley on August 17th, 2005

i am interupting my own story of sri lanka to take a breath. i have not really taken a breath since before i left the country. in an effort to capture all the moments – by camera or by pen – to expereince all the wonders – both beach and development – to see all […]

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Linnea Ashley on August 13th, 2005

driving along the coast it is unimaginable – despite the footage from tv and stills from anonymous cameras – that a wave taller than most buildings here came ashore. in many ways it is hard to distinguish between poverty and nature’s wrath. but overwhelmingly…when the bricks are strewn and debris is heaped, it is a […]

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Linnea Ashley on August 3rd, 2005

driving in the interior of sri lanka is like getting around the block by spinning around…you make it eventually, but you are dizzy and tired by the time you arrive. last night’s journey was brutal. winding through lush mountains and playing dodgeball with tuc tucs (three wheele buggy things) “thinking they can” up the winding […]

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Linnea Ashley on August 3rd, 2005

The disregard for the futility of painting metal appears to be universal. all around the city people armed with thin paint brushes and bright green paint “touch up” the railings that line city streets. where they paint, the dark metal shines through. beside it, further down where hands tend not to trail, the paint is […]

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Linnea Ashley on August 2nd, 2005

bare with me for numerous reasons… that these will be posted after the fact is one…and that the typing will be bad due to time and computer restraints…that said…i go forth… sitting on the uppermost floor of the topaz hotel betrays my dueling sides. at once i am struck by the extravagence of the surroundings. […]

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Linnea Ashley on July 18th, 2005

less than a day i’ll be cramped in a small space with nothing below me but waves and uncertainty…you’d think i’d be more excited. i think i should be. but for some reason this trip doesn’t have me restless or giddy. actually it has me pretty pragmatic. i’ve packed…the lightest i’ve ever pulled off actually. […]

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