How close-knit is the expat community in this area? How do I get involved with it?
There are various expatriate groups so check with your local embassy where they might have regular get together events and social networking. There are a variety of restaurants, clubs, night clubs etc. There are many organizations and sports clubs which cater to expatriates and also you can indulge in a new found hobby. One way of contributing to local culture is through voluntary charity/welfare work, which will not only keep you active but also assist in understanding the complexities of life in the city. CSR projects undertaken by your work place might give you a better idea.
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Beside expat groups, what is the best way to make social connections outside of work?
There are various charity organizations, churches, sport clubs, yoga training classes, and gymnasiums etc. As the Sri Lankan people are warm and friendly you can be part of a vibrant group or circle.
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Where can I meet other singles in this city?
Apart from the night clubs in most 5 star hotels there are many bars and night clubs spread across the city. It is always advisable to get some tips from colleagues who go to these places as some patrons can get unruly.
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Are there any unique networking opportunities for accompanying partners?
There are many opportunities for those inclined towards various forms of arts like yoga. It is possible to find a personal tutor, or a place where classes are being conducted.
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