I also ordered the Lonely Planet travel guide so that I can learn more about the country prior to our departure. I heard about this guide during my travels in Argentina in 2009. I met a ton of people from all over the world on that trip and almost everyone of them used lonely planet. The guide should arrive in a few days so I can start cramming-got to make sure I know my stuff once Shari and I hit the ground.
After placing my order for our Lonely Planet, Shari and I ventured to the Sri Lankan Consulate in downtown Los Angeles to get my visa. Ever since we made the decision to move, we've heard various stories of what kind of visa I would be able to get. Since we plan on staying for a while, we wanted to get a visa that would allow us the most flexibility. We were both relieved to hear that I was eligible for a one year visa in which I will be allowed to stay in the country for six month stretches. We will
have to leave the country once the first six months up; however,
we will only have to leave for a day and will be allowed to return for another six months upon our return. I smell a mini vacation to the Maldives in our near future! (Shari tells me it is incredibly beautiful there). Stay tuned for more posts as we continue getting ready for our adventure.....