Published: June 17th 2012April 26th 2012
Colombo is your typical Asian city. Hot and crazy busy with traffic, especially motorbikes and buses, coming at you from all directions. This was a rushed trip, so we tried to make the best of it and planned on covering a lot of ground in a very short time.
Things are way more efficient than they used to be in the bad old days. Clearing customs took only 15 minutes, getting a SIM card at the airport took about 10 minutes and cost under $2, and the rental van with the driver took less than 20 minutes for the paper work. Wow!
Since the plane from Doha landed 45 minutes early, we cleared the airport before the flights' officially scheduled arrival time. Too efficient in fact. Since we'd taken the red-eye and the flight from Doha was just over 4 hours, we first went to a hoppers shop to have pancakes and Elephant House Ginger Beer, and then drove to Galle Face green to sleep in the van until businesses opened up.
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