It's not a road trip without some car shots

By the end of the trip I had driven 1500 kms in the old Toyota Corolla. Despite being stopped on more than one occasion by the police, often for no apparent reason, no fine or bribe was paid for once. On one occasion my patience was properly tested as I had to wait 45 minutes and play an odd bluffing game before getting my license back.

The only small mishap was the windscreen ending up with a big crack - I’m not sure how it happened, but I suspect it was due to a change in temperature, the AC blasting on the screen after the car had been sitting in the sun a while. 

Some of the shots featured on the previous blog posts are part of a couple of small projects and series on Sri Lanka, but most are outtakes. The projects and series will soon be up on my new website which I’m currently putting the finishing touches on. 

Saint Anne's church, Kalpitiya

Taken on the coast behind Saint Anne’s church on Kalpitiya. 

Car roof reflection, Jaffna / Velanai causeway

Taken on the island of Velanai,just before the causeway linking it to Jaffna. The sky is reflected off the roof of the car. 

Rearview mirror, Velanai island

Taken on the desolate and flat island of Velanai.

Chilaw: the first stop on a 3 week road trip

On June 19th I picked up an old Toyota Corolla clocking over 170.000 kms with the plan to further explore less visited spots along Sri Lanka’s coastline in the next month. My first trip out of Colombo was a short 4 day trip north of Colombo as I needed to get back home by the 24th. 

I set for Chilaw, a city I had driven through previously on my way to Puttalam. It is a vibrant city (in Sri Lankan terms), with a predominantly devout Catholic population and a large fishing community. I spent three days wondering around the town and on the second day stumbled across a colourful, small and friendly fishing village which I returned to a couple of times.  

For the time-being, here’s a one-shot-teaser of possibly the most effective scare-crow I’ve yet to see. 

The ultimate scare-crow, Chilaw

A dead crow hanging from a stick is used to deter other crows from the fish drying on the sand.