When I visited Sri Lanka last November 2014, compliments of Cinnamon Hotels, I took a walk along a place called Galle Face.
This is a picturesque walk along a huge grassy area next to the oceanfront in downtown Colombo. You can see it in the distance in the photo below.
I found it as I was on a random walk with one of the locals. I fell in love with the place as its quite picturesque and seems to be a favorite place for the locals.
Little did I know what else its famous for. Read on…
One thing you immediately notice is that there are a lot of couples sitting on the benches with umbrellas even though it was not raining or had any intention to do so. So I started walking along and talking with them as I do when I travel. They are very timid and it took all I had to start a conversation. Some were more friendly than others. The girls rarely spoke to me.
I thought they were sheltering from the sun, but later their secret was revealed when I shared my experience with some local Sri Lankans. They were quite shocked that I’d spoken to them; amused really.
You see, in Sri Lanka, young couples are not allowed to live together until they marry; so what would any young love birds do? You guess it, they go to Galle Face with an umbrella and kiss behind it. No different from forbidden love in any place on earth. You can’t keep true love apart.
This does not only happen in Galle Face, I saw a couple in Galle, a seaside town; Negombo, another seaside town; walking on the streets of Colombo and even next to the trains in Kandy.
Happy St. Valentine’s Day to the young lovers in Sri Lanka and to you all as well.