"The Island of Ceylon is a small universe; it contains as many variations of culture, scenery and climate as some countries a dozen times its size. What you get from it depends on what you bring; if you never stray from your hotel bar or the dusty streets of westernised Colombo, you could perish of fulminating boredom in a week and it would serve you right. But if you are interested in people, history, nature and art - all the things that really matter - you may find, as I have, that a lifetime is not enough."
from Sir Arthur Clarke: "The view from Serendip", chapter 13: “The Sea of Sindbad”
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