February 1, 1976Dear Family,
Hi! I've really been living in luxury these last 2 days – at least during the day! Friday we went to the Holiday Inn – had a good Western Meal I had a Chef Salad and a hamburger and about 6 glasses of water w/ ice cubes in it! Then yesterday we went back to the Holiday Inn – about 11:00 AM – paid 5 rupees for a ticket to use the pool. Swam & laid out till about 12:30 then again had lunch – this time I had prawns and another chef salad! Then went back out to the pool & stayed till 4:00 – we got our moneys worth.
It is very HOT here humid. During my splurges I spent $7.50 1st day – only $6.80 yesterday – that is counting everything – room, food, transportation, stamps, etc ––
Colombo is a nice city – alot more modern & more cultured than India's cities!
Today we are going to Hikkaduwa – that is on the coast – South of here – North of Galle. Mike & Mary have arranged to have a bungalow there for 2 weeks – and I'll be w/ them. They are really nice – down to earth – they had not enjoyed India though. From here they are going Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, etc. – Hawaii – then home! A trip I'd like to take – if I just had an American Express Card! (HA!)
Postage here is a bargain – 1 Rupee is about 8¢ – this is 1/3 of U.S.'s price! We've bought 2 coconuts – dry kind, pineapple (12¢) & lots of bananas. They are very small – but you get 10 to 12 of them for a Rupee!
I'm a little red this morning – in India you cover your body up from head to toe – then too I was out plenty long yesterday.
From now on DO NOT send any more mail to Bombay – please mail c/o Y.M.C.A. Tourist Hotel, New Delhi. Please pass word on to G'ma, Ruth, etc. –– After I leave Bombay that (YMCA) will be my headquarters I plan to go to Kashmir perhaps make a trip (quick one) through Pakistan to Karachi. But this will really upset my Indian friends – India - Pakistan have their problems –– (Also other places in North – ALGRA, Jaipar, Udaipur, Mount Abu, etc.)
Please don't get used to hearing from me every 2 days HA! My greetings go to everyone – Ceylon is nice – but still bugs and instead of rice – noodles.
Mary V – saw a snake outside the hotel.