The strategic mango reserve

Sarah asked me if I knew exactly how many mangos I ordered. I had forgotten the exact number, but I was aiming for a lot. I clearly succeeded.

For perspective, that bowl is about three feet in diameter.

One of my biggest disappointments of life in Mumbai was the day last year, shortly after our arrival, that I was informed that mango season was over and they wouldn’t be available for another ten months. I wasn’t about to let that happen again, so now we have a freezer full of mangos; a stockpile that will hopefully fill cravings through from August until next May.

A new arrival

Carmel arrived on June 15, 2017, a few weeks early, but very happy and healthy. There’s something exhilarating and scary about being handed your daughter for the first time.

The Mumbai Sea Link

As a dense city running the length of a narrow peninsula, Mumbai is known for its traffic congestion. Developers came up with the solution of building a highway out into the Arabian Sea and called it the Sea Link. Both these photos were taken around sunset on the same evening. The light was changing rapidly, leading to two completely different photos.

HMCS Winnipeg in Mumbai

The Canadian flag was flying proudly off the bow of the HMCS Winnipeg, with the domes of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Bombay Municipal Corporation building in the distance.

The Ministry of Crab, Colombo

When there’s a restaurant called The Ministry of Crab, you have to give it a try. Sarah’s smirk says it all.

The wildlife of Udawalawe National Park

Elephants are the main attraction at Udawalawe National Park in Sri Lanka, but the entire park is full of all kinds of wildlife.

I finally caught a picture of a kingfisher. Every other time I’ve tried, I’ve captured nothing more than a rainbow coloured blur across the sky.

As we toured around in our jeep safari, our guide proved himself impressively adept at spotting otherwise hidden creatures. He managed to spot this little lizard sitting in a tree as we were driving past and shouted to the driver to reverse so we could take a closer look.

Rickshaws that amuse me: Michael Jackson Edition

Buddika Super Auto Engineers did a nice job decorating this beautiful specimen of an auto-rickshaw. They definitely captured the motto “Full Option, Full Freedome.”

I can’t quite decide if it’s MJ or David Bowie who is opposite Che Guevara. I also have no idea who is in the Sphinx decal on the bottom left.

Plantation paradise

After our missed flight, extended stay at the Mumbai airport, and an overnight flight, we finally arrived at our hotel in Sri Lanka just as the sun was rising. I finally put my head down on the pillow for a few hours of sleep when there was a knock and a familiar voice at the door. “Chad… Sarah… I know you’re in there. It’s time to get up!”

It was worth it. We had arrived in paradise, and they had delicious breakfast.