Of course, I am not sufficiently athletic-minded to actually go to the events (and as you can see from the photos below, Upeksha's partner, Kaush, was also more the reading-than-sports type). But we hung out a fair bit when they weren't competing, and it was much fun. Upeksha cooked delicious food for me (that smelled just like my mom's, and I still don't know why mine doesn't smell the same when I could swear I was following exactly the same recipe...sigh...). She promised to send me her recipes for cardamom rice and for pork curry. Mmm...
Thursday was the most time we spent together; I drove them through a howling thunderstorm (at one point I had to pull over because I literally couldn't see the road in front of me, and we killed some time in a dollar store until the weather calmed down a little) to confirm that the day's events were cancelled, then I dragged them on my errands with me -- first to Devon, where they picked up a surprising number of spices and things (Maria says that jars of coriander or mint chutney, for example, aren't easy to get in Colombo) and I got some stuff for the cooking class, then to the garden store, where I grabbed a few end-of-season discount pots, and finally to Ethiopian food, which they *loved*. Me too. :-)
Most evenings they went out partying; they have more energy than me. Somehow this past week, I kept crashing hard around 9 p.m. So tired. But happy.
They're going to show me around the next time I'm in Sri Lanka; Maria says she'll take me white-water rafting. Fun!
In order below: Kaush reading; Upeksha, Maria and other athletes; Upeksha and Maria with our flag and gazillion medals; Sumali and Maria out on the town. :-)