The get­away of a decade

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My wife Sarah gave me the De­cem­ber is­sue of Get­away, plus a 12-month subscription, for Christ­mas in 2016. One of the first ar­ti­cles I read was your de­scrip­tion of a trip to Sri Lanka, which I found in­trigu­ing, and caused me to im­me­di­ately start work­ing on a get­away of our own. As my birth­day with an ‘0’ at the end was ap­proach­ing in 2017, Sarah and I planned a cel­e­bra­tory get-to­gether in Sri Lanka with our two sons, who live in Hong Kong and the UK, and their fam­i­lies (in­clud­ing two-year-old twins and a one-year-old, with an­other one on the way). The plan came to­gether in De­cem­ber 2017, when we all ar­rived at a villa near Galle for a week’s hol­i­day. Prior to Galle, Sarah and I, to­gether with the par­entsin-law of one son (sea­soned trav­el­ling com­pan­ions through South­ern Africa), un­der­took a trip through the ‘Cul­tural Tri­an­gle’, then on to Kandy and the tea es­tates, in­clud­ing a fan­tas­tic if un­so­phis­ti­cated train ride from Kandy to Ella, and then on to Galle. Be­ing quite in­ter­ested in birds, I was struck by the sim­i­lar­i­ties and dif­fer­ences to South­ern African ver­sions. I bought a ba­sic bird guide in Kandy and by the end of our visit, we had iden­ti­fied some 65 species. The week at the villa was un­for­get­table and in­cluded many tuk-tuk rides into Galle and to other lo­cal des­ti­na­tions, and qual­ity time with our grand­chil­dren who are grow­ing up in dis­tant coun­tries. Thank you for ig­nit­ing the spark that got us to that fan­tas­tic des­ti­na­tion. We loved the coun­try and the peo­ple. I am now scan­ning your mag­a­zine and plan­ning a trip to cel­e­brate an­other com­pleted decade. – Steve de Kock, Simon’s Town

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