Sri Lanka has been a special place to me because of a lovely girlfriend back in 1987 in Brighton called Stella. She was a 6th former at Roedean and her farther was the Cultural Attaché to the British ambassador of Sri Lanka.
She told me so much about this amazing island paradise that I was absolutely fixated with the place. I eventually visited on several occasions. Older and wiser now, I returned as a digital nomad & entrepreneur.