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Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Mount Lavinia March 2nd 2014

02.03.2014 - Day 1 Heathrow to Colombo to Mount Lavinia Flight was delayed by 2.5 hours :-( . Dani slept pretty much thee whole way while Deano was wide awake on his own. Arrived at Colombo airport and changed money and got a taxi to the hotel. Thought the taxi was going to be 3000rps but quickly worked out that you get charged tax on top of everything so ended up paying 3828rps, rule number 1 - always check receipt before getting in pre arranged taxi!! Dropped our bags off in the sauna / room freshened up a little and headed down to what can only be described as the busiest beach this side of the Indian Ocean!! Walked through a lovely dark alley, across an actual train track and down some rocks to get on ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Northern Province » Jaffna February 22nd 2014

Boarding the bus in Vavuniya was an assault on the senses: loud Indian-produced Tamil-language music blaring out on the subwoofers, images of Ganesh pasted above the driver’s seat, and the smell of burning incense. After just over two weeks travelling around Sri Lanka, I was on my way to Jaffna in the north, five years after the end of the civil war, to see how the city and Jaffna Peninsula were recovering from decades of war. It was an opportunity, I hoped, to see a much different side of Sri Lanka; in the south, there is very little evidence of there ever being a civil war in the country, and in two and a half weeks travelling around the majority-Buddhist areas of the country, the subject of the civil war never once came up in conversation. ... read more
Clothes seller, Jaffna market
Houses, Jaffna Beach Road
Keerimalai spring

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Negombo February 12th 2014

Last day in Sri Lanka of the (non) cycling holiday. Hot day again at 33 deg and no cloud. Spent 1/2 hr bagging up my bike for transit then walked into town to visit the massive market which sells everything from a ladle made from a stick with a coconut shell on the end to a metal pan scrubber. Clothing for ever, and more food than you think could ever be consumed. Fruit and veg, many of which are unknown to us and then the fish market. Once seen never forgotten. Half an acre of fish drying on the sun on coconut matts, fish being gutted by women in tents on the sand and fish cut up in front of you from tuna to little silver fish, prawns, octopus and swordfish but to name a few. ... read more
Beach cricket
Pickle seller

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province February 11th 2014

Cold shower again tonight, good job this cold is not like Lancashire cold water. Other than that the Silva's Beach Hotel is very nice and the staff extremely friendly. I was struggling to get a Wifi signal and they let me sit in their office alone to send the blog at 10pm. Always smiling with a little shake of the head. We followed the coast around the southern tip and up to Colombo on the 3 month old motorway then on to Negombo, near the airport for our return tomorrow night. We stopped at Galle, which along with many other coastal towns was badly affected by the tsunami of 2006 and has had a lot of rebuilding done. It reminded me if a French Colonial town with its yellow buildings and shuttered windows but find it ... read more
Fishing boats
Gun turret Galle

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Galle February 10th 2014

COLUMBO – SRI LANKA Thursday 6thFebruary 2014 Got up at 07.00am as we wanted to do our mile around the deck and go to the gym before breakfast – and also see if we could see any whales as Blue Whales are somewhere off the coast of Sri Lanka! There was quite a strong wind whipping the sea up so predictably no joy on the whale front!! The sea calmed back down by about 9.00am and the wind dropped leaving another scorching hot day and after a lazy day we got to Columbo about 14.30pm. (Docked at Passenger Terminal Ports Authority 19, Chaithya Rd) None of the palava of the Indian Ports and we were able to stroll off the boat at around 15.00pm where we walked into town to negotiate a tuk-tuk for the afternoon. ... read more
The 'White House'
Moslem children at the beach!
Temple on the Island


Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Tangalle February 10th 2014

When you live in the jungle you have an obligation to share it with the wildlife. I got into my bed last night with my head torch on and saw a 2" cockroach up on the inside of the mozzie net. Needless to say it had to be transferred to its own quarters, outside. The mini ants were a different case due to the shear number running up and down between the back of the mirror and the washbasin carrying soap. I had to surrender and accept their presence with grace and humility. However, tonight I realised that they were using the exact same path to and from the mirror, bumping into each other when going in opposite directions. I wiped across the track with a tissue and they were totally lost and went haywire going ... read more
Water buffalo
Myna bird
Water lilies

Asia » Sri Lanka February 9th 2014

Why Sri Lanka? Well, it's all Deans fault really, (I'm only joking) he met a couple in Vietnam during a recent bike trip, who had had just finished traveling through Sri Lanka and really enjoyed it, and as neither of us had been ourselves, and we had a few weeks to kill before our motorbike tour through India, we decided we would have a look see. Well not totally true really, I had stopped here a long time ago as a child on our way to Australia and I remember being quite scared by what, to me, was something so very different, and a very long way from my countryside upbringing in England. I'm pleased to say that after being here for several weeks it really is not that scary! The flight into Colombo is really ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka February 8th 2014

Uda WalawaWhat a descent! Down and down the riders went with just a few rises in almost 20 miles through sweeping bends on almost smooth Tarmac. And there I was stuck in the van in 32 degrees and my arm in a sling drinking copious amount of water. At lunch time we stopped at a rough cafe, called an hotel, where our agent Ivan brought sandwiches and bananas, which we ate in their premises just drinking their tea and juices. Where could you do that in Britain? It was an early start at 7.15 so we arrived at the Safari Village Hotel in Uda Walawa at 2.30 just in time to go on safari in the Nature Reserve. We hired three safari jeeps and headed out into the ... read more
Andrew the Minstrel
Posh bus
The driver

Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province February 7th 2014

Nuwara Elia to Haputale We got away eventually once we sorted Joy’s pedal, which had fallen off and the threads stripped. It was supposed to be 35 miles downhill today then 7k uphill. No way. It went down but it also climbed a great deal including a 20% section and I guess they climbed 1400m. The scenery was very interesting with all the vegetable and produce farming such as potatoes, onions, rice, beans and root crops. We managed to remove my front wheel from my bike this morning to get it in the van. The problem being that the skewer was bent and the threads damaged where it hit the road meaning that it would not release the wheel from the forks. We used pliers and brute force and then called at a tyre place, where ... read more
How does that pedal go
Tyres R Us

Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Nuwara Eliya February 6th 2014

My arm has improved a little and today I can now lift it up to breast height without out excessive pain so I am feeling more positive about it. Still, a shame I could not ride to the Mackwoods Tea Museum and tea factory just a mere 15k down the valley. The journey was really incredible with the tea bushes in neat rows set across the hillside with many women plucking the leaves and putting them into large sacks on their backs. The top three fresh leaves are harvested every 10 days by about 6 women per acre of ground. The factory employs 600 women, who pick throughout the year, and many men who do the weighing, spraying, pruning and the grubbing up and replanting, which is done every 50 years. We saw the processes being ... read more
Acro props
Tea plantation

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