About the Book
On my last couple of trips I saw very few smiles. I was beginning to think perhaps it was just me, but thankfully Sri Lanka changed all that. What a friendly lot they are. Almost everyone you meet, or even pass on the road, will give you a broad smile. School kids will race up to greet you. There are friendly waves from people passing in cars and tuk-tuks. And there's their dear little wiggle of the head - like one of those dashboard dogs - that I first encountered in India. The national greeting is Ayubowan - "may you live long", with the gesture of palms together, like the Indians' Namaste.
Like most of us, Graham Meale spent a good deal of his life hostage to a mortgage. In 2004, at age 47, he realised that there was more to life, got his first passport and began working hard to fill it up. His goal is to see every nation on Earth that doesn’t have a McDonalds.