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Before moving in with their host families in Kandy, the students spent a few days at a local hotel to get acclimated. Here, Damian, Andrew S., Joe, Andrew K., and Becky pause for a picture before devouring a breakfast of indi hoppers, pol sambol, and paripoo. Mmmmm mmmmmm!
Miss Sandamali stops to chat with a group of young monks. The Great Stupa of Anuradhapura may be seen in the background.
Emily, Carrie, and Becky take notes on Mr. Rajapaksa's description of the ancient urinal stone at Anuradhapura.
Loku Andrew, Emily, Podi Andrew, Miss Sandamali, Becky, Carrie, and Joe get together for a quick photograph before exploring the site of an ancient monastery at Mahintale.
The golden light of an Anuradhapura sunset shines on Mr. Sumanasena's smiling face. Joe can be seen in the back seat of the van.
Podi Andrew and Joe create a human stupa atop Pidurangala.
Carrie and Joe attempt to push over Sigiriya rock. Alas, their counter-efforts amount to nothing.
Carrie takes a seat on one of the many brick walls on top of Sigiriya.
Damian, Program Assistant Katie Hyman, and Podi Andrew find a staircase on which to sit while they look out towards the hills of up-country Sri Lanka.
Joe takes in the sunset over the reservoir at Polonnaruwa.
Carrie and Emily, silhouetted by the sunset, take notes during an evening lecture at Polonnaruwa.
After happening upon a puja that was in progress at the Polonnaruwa Siva Devale, the group puts their shoes back on and returns to the van.
Carrie strikes a meditative pose.
Damian proves that his 6 ft. plus frame can fit into an ancient Ayurvedic bath housed in an ancient Polannaruwa hospital complex.
University of Peradeniya Temple Stupa
A colorful view of Peradeniya’s Royal Botanic Gardens.
Carrie, Emily, and Becky find shade under some vines at the Botanical Gardens.
Dalada Maligawa and lake
Dalada Maligawa by day