This blog was created by me, Tim Sullivan. I am a professor of physics at Kenyon College in Gambier, OH. I started the blog upon learning that I had been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to spend a year in Sri Lanka. I hoped to create a personal record of my experiences, let my friends and family share those experiences, and to create a record that might be of use to future Fulbright Scholars to Sri Lanka. The blog is pretty much all text while photos from this trip are posted on my public Picasa web page.



  1. pat hovis said,

    October 30, 2008 at 10:46 am

    Hi guys, Thanks for the postcard. Anna gave me your sight, I’ll pass it on to Sandy. I love what your doing. Your stories and experiences are great. Tim Your photo’s wow, I’m impressed. You really have an eye to capture, with the lighting and content. It’s also fun to see the photo’s you took last year here too. Stay healthy, and thanks for letting us all share in your adventure abroad.
    Take care, keep clicking that shutter….. Pat

  2. Tim said,

    November 8, 2008 at 4:27 pm


    Thanks for the compliments. I am honored indeed that someone of your artistic skill says such nice things about my photos.

    A real letter is on its way to you. Take good care of yourself.


  3. Nancy said,

    December 15, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    Hi Mr. Sullivan!
    Greetings from Bloomington, Indiana! I had no idea you were in Sri Lanka for the year – how cool! I was checking the Kenyon physics website because my younger son Andrew and I are trying to explain something curious that happened while we were baking cookies for his birthday celebration Wednesday at preschool. (He will be 5 – I think he was about one and a half when you met him at the Kenyon physics reunion.) I suspect it may involve static electricity but wanted to get a consult from some professional scientists. And that’s how I found out that you had received a Fulbright and are in Sri Lanka right now (memo to self: read almuni stuff that comes in the mail a little more closely). Congratulations! It sounds like an amazing experience. My older son has two classmates in first grade from Sri Lanka, so I’m proud to say that both of my kids can find Sri Lanka on a map!

    Take care!
    Nancy (Pellegrino) Swank

  4. Mike Mattoni said,

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 am


    I have just started reading the blog but it’s going to become part of my weekly routine!

    You might want to think about writing a book based on these experiences. Seriously! The blog seems an Anthony Bourdain-like take on life abroad – brutally honest but charming and witty.

    All the best,


  5. Tim said,

    January 30, 2009 at 2:16 pm


    Thank you for the kind thoughts on the blog.

    Anthony Bourdain – like, huh? Well he is almost my age and, like me, has that super-sexy gray hair that all the girls swoon over. Actually I was shooting more for a Stephen King-like effect in my writing…

    Stay in touch!


  6. Linell Fromm said,

    April 12, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    I’ve enjoyed and learned a lot from reading your blog and viewing your photos. I stumbled upon it when trying to identify the correct plug adaptor for Sri Lanka. I’ll be working there for four months beginning in May, in Colombo, and on library school improvement project (part of SEMP II). I am a former Fulbrighter to Ukraine (2003-2005). I had a splendid time and it sounds like you are, too.

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