I met Ondrej and Nina at a guesthouse near the southernmost point of Sri Lanka. They both have become obsessed with surfing, so that factored into a large part of our discussion. And, I must admit, the beach we were staying on was perfect for beginner surfers. If only we could avoid the sunburn, we might still be there.
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- The earthquake that caused the 2004 tsunami happened at 6:30 AM in Sri Lanka, and the actual tsunami hit two hours later. It killed upwards of 280,000 people, including 35,000 in Sri Lanka. Aldo, the Italian man I met on the Amazon, told me that he had gotten up early that morning to go for a walk. He survived by clinging to a tree. Several people in his hotel were still sleeping and were killed when the tsunami struck.
- Ondrej mentioned a book called Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari. You can find a copy by following the link.
- Since we talked about sunburns, I thought I would include a link to some of the most painful sunburns ever.