“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.”

“You like spicy?”

That was one of the first questions I was asked upon arriving to Sri Lanka.  Foolishly, I said yes, and I was promptly handed a warm roll of bread, stuffed with spicy, curried vegetables (called a vegetable bun, a common breakfast staple).  It scorched my mouth, much to my surprise, and I was instantly awake, despite landing at 3:00 AM in the morning, and being jostled around a car at sunrise.

My taste buds never rested for the remainder of my trip.  Most meals ended with me in a pool of sweat, three or four glasses of water sloshing around inside me, and begging for some delicious, sweet pineapple or watermelon to put my mouth at ease.  I wouldn’t trade the pain for anything in the world though.  These curries are as delicious as they are spicy, outrageously so.

Read the rest of this entry »