One of the great thrills of being a Red Dot chauffeur guide is taking clients to the Kandy Esala Perehera, the island’s most colourful and dramatic street pageant, which takes place in the days leading up to the Esala Poya Day in August. This year I escorted Tony and Trudi Barringer, a charming couple from Cambridge, UK. Tony was mesmerised by the experience and would not stop talking afterwards as we travelled on to Ellerton Lodge. For those thinking about coming to Sri Lanka next August, don’t miss it! The dancers, drummers, fire-eaters and the colourfully draped Elephants that troupe elegants down the streets makes for a spell-binding spectatcle. I think Trudy and Tony will never forget their evening and will have travelled home with a very special memory. They were so excited that they are already talking about their next trip to Sri Lanka when they might travel to the deep south and also to the north. Perhaps it will be my first trip to Jaffna? I hope so.