Sri Lanka 1996

Hans has a busy autumn 1996 as a technical trainer. After coming home from 2 weeks in Bogota in the end of September he travels almost directly to Sri Lanka. His task is to conduct theoretical technical training of a radio-based telephone system, in Colombo.

Later in November Hans returns to Sri Lanka in order to finish the training with a practical installation and commissioning course.

Compressed map of travel.

4 days in Colombo

Wednesday: Departure from Stockholm 08:00, arrival Colombo

Thursday: Arrival Colombo 01:30 local time in Sweden but 06:00 local time in Sri Lanka. Check-in to hotel and then conduct course 08:00–17:00. Arrival to hotel 18:00 to sleep.

Friday: Conduct course.

Saturday: Conduct course.

Sunday: Free time, visiting Pinnawala elephant orphanage.

Monday: Taxi from hotel 10:00. Air Lanka 13:00 from Colombo to Singapore. From Singapore to Bankok 21:20. From Bangkok to Stockholm 22:35.

Hans in front of the course building.

By car to the course building

Hans has a designated driver during his stay in Colombo.

Street in Colombo.
Passing the public office of the Open university of Sri Lanka.
The course building.
Hans with overhead projector.

In the class room

The course material consists of overhead films that Hans has brought in his luggage. The students have course binders with black-and-white copies of the overhead films.

The class consists of 14 students from areas close to Colombo.
Students during one of the group exercises.
Coffee and tea is served by during breaks. The tea is mixed with milk and honey that Hans finds very tasteful.
Installation of subscriber units.

Some practical training

Even though the course is theoretical, some equipment has arrived and the students prepare the installation.

Students during practical training.
Bajaj on a street.

In Colombo

Colombo has both colorful and non colorful areas.

Some views in Colombo.
Some views in Colombo.
The sea seen from the hotel (probably).

The hotel

The hotel is quite close to the sea but Hans does not have the opportunity to go there.

In the hotel room.
Baby elephants and Hans.

Pinnawala elephant orphanage

Hans is free on Sunday and the driver Asanto takes him to Kandy and the Pinnawala elephant orphanage.

Photos from the elephant orphanage.
Hans is getting a head massage.


In the orphanage there is a possibility to get a head massage. This is too tempting for Hans to resist.

Leaving Indonesia.

From Jakarta to Colombo

In November Hans conduct training in Indonesia. On the way home he stops in Colombo to conduct the last part of the course.

Landscape on the way from Jakarta to Colombo.
Hans describing fault finding of subscriber unit.

Back in Colombo

The last part of the training includes commissioning and fault finding exercises.

Students working with subscriber units.
The main interface between the telephone exchange and the radio-based system.


After Hans was in Colombo in September, the core units of the radio-based telephone system has been installed in the course premises.

Details of cable connections.
The vehicle with extenable mast that is used for signal strength measurement.

Photo details


Hans Sundgren


Pentax Espio Mini


Negative 24×36 mm, Fuji G-400


Hans Sundgren

Film scanner

Nikon Super Coolscan 5000 ED