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August 3, 2007

Leaving Goodness Behind

After 2 years at the Foundation of Goodness, Faye left on Tuesday.
This was her leaving speech...

August 4, 2007

Passport Scrawls

I headed off to the visa office in Colombo on Thursday to apply for an extension to my Sri Lankan visa. There I was, filling in the form, when I noticed that they'd mis-stamped my passport when I arrived last month - stamping my arrival date as Jun 5 rather than Jul 5. So now it looked as if I'd overstayed in the country by a month and instant deportation seemed likely!

After lots of explaining and getting them to check their records they finally agreed and sent me off in the direction of the Director of Ports office to get the correct stamp (everything goes on stamps in Sri Lanka). He left his office when he saw me coming, and after a long explanation to his assistant, a half-page handwritten note was scrawled into my passport!

Eventually, after many hours, I did get my visa extended.