Nathaniel Kassel

Nathaniel Kassel

My semester in Sri Lanka, studying at the University of Colombo, was great. The campus is lush and green, the students are super friendly and the academics are dedicated and inspiring. Studying sociology and south Asian literature really provided me with a contextual understanding of Sri Lankan public life and the subtle idiosyncrasies that make Sri Lanka unique

I saw neon flashing Buddhas, ancient rock carvings of Buddha, cave paintings of Buddha and huge white statues of Buddha. I saw Hindu temples, Mosques and churches. I saw wild deer, enslaved elephants, thieving monkeys, elegant peacocks, stray dogs, dead fish and hungry cats. I went to fancy casinos and back alley wine shops. I ate rice and curry with my hands and jumped on and off the bus while it was still moving.

I’m going to miss Colombo, the chaotic flows of traffic, the clean cut parks and streets and the sight of the Indian Ocean lapping up against it.  But, more than that, I’m going to miss the friends I made in Colombo. Seeing the sights is lovely but the people are what make this place great.