We are sinking

LastManStanding

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Sri Lanka is in the worst economic situation since the British left 74 years ago.
No fuel and therefore no power for hours. No LP gas and therefore people cannot cook.
No medicine at hospitals and therefore many surgeries are postponed indefinitely.
Prices of commodities have literally doubled, or tripled.
And therefore people are protesting against the president.
If the president leaves there will be anarchy, and there will be a lot of trouble. But people don't understand that.
Due to protests tourism is crippled and therefore the economy is sliding to zero.
Facebook heroes are encouraging protests and blocking of roads and all types of blows to the economy.
Need at least 8 billion dollars this year but only 1.6 billion is left, and therefore the country is desperately looking to restructure the foreign debt.
Waiting for IMF but not very sure what they would say.

The best part is... it's new year on the 13th and 14th ! People are spending their savings for new year celebrations.
 

Cooksie

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Is it possible for you/your family to somehow get out of there? That sounds like hell to me. Things are not great in the US but not nearly that bad.
 

LastManStanding

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Thanks Lee. Cooksie we can't go anywhere. Our passport is really weak. There aren't many countries that let us enter, or even consider us for a visa unless we show something like half a million dollars in the bank.
The only way out is by getting tourists, who would pay in dollars. I used to work on Fiverr. Had an account based in Canada, but the guy who created it said it's a nusiance for him and closed the account 🤣🤣🤣
If tourism picks up then all will be alright at least to a certain extent. But things are not going that way now.
Life is a strange experience here 😅🤣
 

Doc

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I missed that you were from Sri Lanka. That was (maybe still is) a radio hub for the US Navy. Years ago I had some shipmates stationed there. It was not the most exciting place but sure sounded interesting.
Being below the equator your fall and winter are on the way. Do you get snow there? How cold does it normally get?
Best wishes for attracting tourists some how. The world is crazy now and the Ukraine war just pushes things even crazier. With oil supplies in question and costs going up it's hard for folks to plan a lot of travel. Hope it all turns around soon.
Please do keep us posted.
 

LastManStanding

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I missed that you were from Sri Lanka. That was (maybe still is) a radio hub for the US Navy. Years ago I had some shipmates stationed there. It was not the most exciting place but sure sounded interesting.
Being below the equator your fall and winter are on the way. Do you get snow there? How cold does it normally get?
Best wishes for attracting tourists some how. The world is crazy now and the Ukraine war just pushes things even crazier. With oil supplies in question and costs going up it's hard for folks to plan a lot of travel. Hope it all turns around soon.
Please do keep us posted.
Thanks Doc, the climate here is not like in other parts of the world. Seasons are not very different from each other, except for the rainy season. The hill country has a mild climate while the coldest area is Nuwara Eliya which sees around 5C the lowest, that too only for about 2 months, but no snow in Sri Lanka. I am from Kandy, the hill country, and the climate is mild.
Other areas are much hotter. Tourists come here for the beaches and hiking. Being a small island Sri Lanka is very popular among tourists for two things: beaches and seafood. Many tourists also come for hiking, and some others come for the history.
I thought that with the Ukraine war people might try to visit other countries just to relax a little bit, even if it's so, without fuel no one would like to come here. It's hard to find a vehicle because you can't find fuel easily like before. And in to the bargain, roads are blocked by the protesters.
Many tourists are stranded in train stations etc at least for a few hours. Having planned for a number of days, they have to go back without seeing half the itinerary. So the word goes to others that it's not a wise idea to visit here these days.
We have a history spanning beyond 2500 years, and was one of the most developed civilizations with engineering marvels. Today that's only a fairy tale. We are still stuck with stories about those days, while the world has moved on.
 

Doc

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Thank you for the insights to your home. I find it very interesting and wish you luck in attracting tourists once again.
 

LastManStanding

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Foreign reserves are critically low. (Sri Lanka’s foreign liquidity reserves, which amounted to USD 7.6 billion by the end of 2019, have dropped to a critically low level below USD 50 million.). Very soon there will be longer power cuts, and then no power at all except for the essential services like hospitals.
Unions have organized a "hartal" - a civil disobedience type of protest on the 6th.
Life is going to be really really hard. lol.
 

LastManStanding

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Today there were clashes. One group beat up a camp set up by protesters. Then they were beaten by people when they were returning home. Many buses and cars were burnt. Many houses were burnt. Prime minister resigned. Police curfew now but people are still on the road, burning down property. This looks really bad now.
 

LastManStanding

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A new cabinet will be sworn in today. A new Prime Minister was sworn in 2 days ago. Hopefully that will bring some calm to at least among some people.
BTW did anyone watch the above video? It's the burning of a Lamborghini by a mob.
 
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