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Cultural life in Colombo

Dear Internationals,

I hope you are all happy and well. I'd like to ask you about your experience living in Sri Lanka. I am considering taking a job based in Colombo, moving from California, and I'd like to know more about the cultural life in Colombo and the country in general. Specifically, are people (internationals and locals) open to friendship? what is the art and craft scene like (e.g. music lessons, dance, ceramics, grassroot organizations...not really interested in the grand hotel bars)? what is the dating scene like, for people in their 30s? are people generally communal or do they keep to their own? Any cultural/personal advice you have, in terms of both positive surprises and cultural differences to be mindful about would really help.

Thank you very much, enjoy the warm winter!

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