After an easy 28 hours of travel, I shake off the stiffness with a cold Carlsberg at the Malwatte Household in Colombo. The bottle quickly sweats in the humid air, but hits the spot just right. Although I arrived in seamless fashion, my lugagge was not as fortunate. It remains in Chicago, the first layover of my journey, and will be delivered to Vin’s house in three days time.
As it turns out, according to the Royal Jordanian Airlines clerk, if TSA detects batteries in your checked luggage, even if they are simple AAs like in mine, they open your bag and examine the contents. Such a strip search is not conducive to a very short layover time.
Be that as it may, I am in the country and we are stoked to begin our project.
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Quick Side Note: In preparation for the dugongs, after finals Vin accompanied me home to Jacksonville, Florida for about four days. On the second day, we took a trip to a place called Crystal River in central/western FL where there exists a manatee sanctuary of the same name. During the winter months, once the Gulf of Mexico becomes too cold, manatees inhabit the sanctuary and surrounding waters due to its year around temperature of 75 degrees F. You can pay any number of private businesses to boat you to manatee aggregation spots in order to swim/snorkel with these amazing animals. We trust the legendary Captain Mike to get the job done. Here is the link to a very brief, sun/fun-loving video recounting our first sea cow experience: https://vimeo.com/56174792