I found Sri Lanka an extremely disappointing destination. The only people who spoke to me during my three weeks in the country were almost exclusively touts and swindlers. Meanwhile, I kept encountering claims by Sinhalese of the Sri Lanka’s ‘warm hospitality’, which was nowhere in evidence. There’s no especial shame to that, as plenty of countries are cold, even hostile, to visitors, among them my own native land. Still, the country ought to stop pretending that it is something it is not.