February 6, 1976
Dear Grandma, Uncle Bill, Aunt Mary, & Rob –
Hi! Postage is a bargain here (only 8¢ for this) so I'm trying to get out my correspondence – HA! Right now we are in Rutnapura – that is where all the gem mines are in Ceylon. Yesterday we went out to the gem pits – which is a really deep well – 1 guy is down below and they kept sending down buckets via rope pulley – then he would fill them up and send them back – after this they would work out the dirt. But while we were there they did not find any gems!
Ceylon is alot like India – but transportation here is not good at all. We had wanted to go & see what is supposed to be the 3rd largest waterfall in the world – but after figuring it would take 2 &1/2 days minimum to reach – I decided I could look at a picture in the tourist info sheet and be satisfied. Roads here are bad – buses are even worse – and trains are terrible! Gee – I sound like a complainer – don't I? But to get 40 miles the way the crow flies – you would have to go 132 – the way the buses go – and more than that by train. If a bus has 30 seats they sell 50 tickets – and everyone comes – they are crowded, HOT, and smelly. But Ceylon is a pretty country – they just need to develop the transportation.
So what we are doing today – going back to Colombo – to enjoy some more good food & good swimming at the Holiday Inn! We spend our days there & at night return back to our cheap hotel!
Aunt Mary – I think of you whenever I eat a really hot (spicy) meal – they do have good ice cream! When we get back to Colombo Mike (I did write you about Mike & Mary – didn't I?) want to go to what is supposed to be the best golf course in Asia. For $2.00 you can play 18 holes – I think I'm going to give it a try –
Grandma – I wish you could be here to mend my clothes – since November they are beginning to show signs of needing repairs – And Rob – so often I've wished you could have been here to carry my suitcase – after this trip I could work for U.P.S. again – HA! Rob – you would love some of the beaches here –
Write me in Delhi c/o YMCA Tourist Hotel. I could use air-conditioning here alot of times ––