Cinnamon Grand

Colombo’s newest five star hotel is truly grand in every sense of the word. Named after the island’s most famous spice, the luxurious property in the commercial heart of Colombo caters to the international traveler’s every need and desire. And after riding over a crowded and bumpy road for five hours coming from Kandy, we…

Temple of the Tooth

Kandy is famous for precious gems that come in many shades and colors. But the most famous gem embedded in the green hills of Kandy is no doubt the white Temple of the Tooth which houses Lord Buddha’s Tooth. And so like hundreds of devotees and visitors descending on the city, Bob and I aimed…

Emerald Hills

After a few days soaking up the humid air and stinging sun at the golden beach, we decided to head up into the hills for a bit of a cool off. Our destination was Kandy, a UNESCO World Heritage site nested in the emerald hills 116 km east from Colombo and about 500 meters above…

Dazzling Lovina

Lovina Aponsuwa, a beautiful Mestizo dancer with dazzling hazel brown eyes and long flowing jet black tresses inspired one of the most mysterious love stories of the 19th century and in turn the name of the Mount Lavinia Hotel. Perched on a bluff overlooking the blue Indian Ocean, the Victorian era mansion built in 1806…

Tropical Happiness

It’s been exactly 29 years since my sister Elfi and I landed at Colombo International Airport in Sri Lanka on a hot September morning. Back then, traveling the world with two suitcases, one guitar and tons of courage, we did not know what singing adventures would await us beyond the lush green palm crowns of…

Yasalam

Yasalam translates to the English equivalent of “Awesome,” which describes best the current beat and spirit of Abu Dhabi. Preceding the Formula 1 race this weekend, the city has brought in multicultural music acts heating up the crowds frequenting the gardens and sidewalks along the gorgeous corniche. But even without the Formula 1 race, Abu…

Arabian Pearl

It has been fifteen years since I have called this lustrous Arabian Pearl my home. Feeling the soft powder white sand between my toes again after so many years, I looked at the brand new skyline of this desert metropolis skirting the blue Arabian Gulf. Glass buildings that dominated a modern skyline back then are…