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Published: July 21st 2009
Today was the last day of our trip to Sri Lanka. Since our Bhante (Buddhist teacher cum organiser of this trip) went to Chennai, India, early in the morning, the rest of us decided to take things slowly today.
After waking up at 8am and having a slow breakfast, we packed our luggage and waited for our bus to take us to downtown Colombo for some shopping. However, due to some misunderstanding, the bus arrived very late. (We waited for more than 1 hour...) Nevertheless, we still had a couple of hours to spare, so we went to Manning Market (in the Pettah district, Colombo) for some shopping.
Manning Market is basically a huge outdoor market selling all kinds of vegetables, fruits and any organic produces that are edible... Due to the ridiculously low prices, most of us bought lots of fruits, especially mangoes, pineapples and avocados.
We then made our way to the airport, where we packed all the fruits into an empty suitcase. After checking-in, passing through immigration and the security checks, we took some time to browse the shops in the departure lounge, but we didn't buy anything due to the high prices. (Things are
much much cheaper in the local markets or supermarkets.) We then boarded our Emirates flight back to Singapore and enjoyed 3.5 hours of Emirates' excellent in-flight entertainment and wonderful food...
Back at Singapore's Changi Airport, one of the group members was dismayed to find her bottles of fruit cordials (bought in Sri Lanka) broken. Out of the 12 bottles in the carton, 3 bottles were broken, leaving a terrible spill on the baggage carousel and the floor of the baggage hall. Then, another group member found her bag of pineapples infested with ants... (Luckily my mum and I didn't have any misfortunes, as we bought very little stuffs.)
My mum and I finally reached home at 10pm, thus ending one week of adventure and memorable moments in Sri Lanka...
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