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Extremism – being told not to appreciate religious sites

Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

Koneswarum Temple, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

I recently found myself in a situation where I was criticized for visiting places of worship, other than mosques. This is not to say I worshiped in said places, I merely visited, appreciated the architecture, took a few photos and left. So whats wrong with this you might ask? In my opinion, nothing. While visiting those places, at no point did I connect spiritually to them; I did not pray in them; I did not revere them; I did not believe the religions which they symbolize. I simply thought they were beautiful places or sites.

Has our religion gone to such an extreme that we are not allowed to appreciate beauty? Continue reading

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The best cup of tea I have ever had – Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Have you ever had a cup of tea that you didn’t want to end? That was how I felt when I visited Bluefield Tea Gardens last year. This historic tea factory has now been turned into a museum, restaurant and shop and when I visited it was certainly very busy! Their tea and cakes are amazing and its a perfect trip for families on the way to Nuwara Eliya. 











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Mixed race relationships – reverse racism?

Today I wanted to talk about reverse racism. I use this expression to describe the reaction of people when I, as a Western person, married an Asian and faced the common perception that this was not a true love marriage, or that my husband has “done well” for himself, or most frustratingly that this was a “passport” marriage. Continue reading