Bikelele establishes Colombo office


From now on, when in Colombo, all Bikelele strategic, secretarial and administrative functions will be carried out from our office located in the Galle Face Hotel. We began work early this morning with a breakfast meeting, then took a break for tourism before returning for several more hours of concentrated business.

Today was a public holiday in celebration of the Muslim Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) so city traffic was slightly diminished. We checked out a few colonial features around the Fort, but the most impressive sight of the day was the Jami-ul-Alfar Mosque, resplendent in red and white.

Jami-ul-Alfar Mosque

After completing all office work, we toured around past the Colombo Public Library (closed today), Town Hall (small sized copy of the White House), Lipton Circus and ended with a tour of the home of architect Geoffrey Bawa, an interesting conversion of a row of small bungalows into house, office and guest room.

No 11, 33rd Lane – Bawa house

An extended torrential downpour occurred as we left so we sheltered in a crockery shop, raising and then dashing the hopes of the sales assistants. Peak hour traffic was still peaky despite the holiday and we just made it back to our guest house before dark. Then followed the 2nd worst meal of the trip – the local food offerings around here are dismal!

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