There are old cannons along the ocean wall, these are non working and left from when the Dutch controlled Sri Lanka.
There are a lot of police here, the white sleeves signify the are traffic control in the street (although traffic and control should not be used in the same sentence here!) The police officers are friendly, polite, young, typically appear very fit, and do not carry guns. We are next door to a police station. We have seen police mostly on foot but a couple on horses and a few on motorcycles. I've seen a couple police cars parked, but none driving.
This fire tuck was parked in the street. It is obviously quite old. I saw another on on a street that did not appear nearly as old. Colombo is remarkable for the lack of sirens. It is a sound I associate with big cities but here I have seen/heard sirens only three times, all coming from ambulances that look to be of the same vintage as this fire truck.
Traffic is crazy on most roads. The street in front of out hotel is much less congested than most streets. No lanes are observed by drivers, motorcycles cut in and out, you are often within inches of the vehicle next to you and pedestrians need to be very careful. Yet, I have not seen any accidents and if you are near a cross walk, the police will walk out and stop traffic so you may cross. Drivers seem to follow police traffic control reasonably well however, it seems they only control during gridlock or to let pedestrians cross. Motorcyclists are common, often with two riders but we occasionally have seen three riders and one time observed four riders on one motorcycle!
Construction is everywhere. It may be difficult to see in this particular photo but while the workers are wearing hard hats, flip flops seem to be the footwear of choice for them.
Everything is in English and we have had no difficulty communicating. Here are photos of a downtown area showing the signs in English.