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Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo February 15th 2020

I think I am ready for the tour . I have slept quite well , I am sure the melatonin has helped ,and the temperature +32 In the day and @26 at night is no longer so oppressive. Still crazy hot but I am no longer gasping . It is always a shock when I leave my room but a real treat when I return . It was wise to come earlier but 2 days would have been enough . Colombo is a big sprawling place and with the help of tuktuks I saw most of what I wanted to see. The city tour was good . Having an explanation of what things are and how they came to be is important . Religion is a big deal here . Buddhists dominate and there are many ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo February 12th 2020

Here I go again ! Last summer I was telling my travel agent I hadn't had any brain waves about where to travel in 2020 .I know there are many places I want to sèe in Europe that is not a location for a winter holiday . Then , at the seniors book sale , I purchased the EyeWitness Top 10 in the World To See and discovered that Sri Lanka was the only one I was missing in Asia . Then Gadventures had a sale on their tours and Susan found me a very reasonable flight fare . So , here I am. The flight was long . Regina -Toronto and a 10 hour layover . I took the train into the city , had lunch , walked a great deal and ended up spènding ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo February 7th 2020

Wednesday 5 February 2020 cont'd A quiet afternoon, as we were both weary. I had a kip. Lights out 10 pm. Thursday 6 February, 2020 A reasonable night's sleep. Alarm set for 7.00 am. Both of us awake just before. We packed and readied ourselves to leave. Our plan was to leave our suitcases at the rooms and travel light to the visa office. A 10 minute walk to the Immigration offices. The area of Battaramulla, was all hustle and bustle. We went through security and followed directions into the adjacent building up to the fourth floor. We found the first desk we needed and they told us to go and stick our pictures on to our visa applications. Glue was provided! Back again and we were issued with a number to go and sit and ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo February 5th 2020

Sunday 1 February, 2020 cont'd We were fairly wacked out after our wanderings in Colombo. We estimate that we walked nearly 15 kilometers all told. There are a lot of tall buildings and many currently under construction. The Chinese are involved with a lot of them. Lights out was 10 pm. Monday 2 February, 2020 We both slept well again and started stirring about 8 am. After showering and a slow start we left the room about 11.15 am. The room is part of a three story building. We are on the top floor, with an external staircase. The room has a shower and toilet. Outside is a kitchen area and washing machine. A little basic but adequate and we are only paying $84 for four nights. We walked along the coast road again. There are ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo February 2nd 2020

Thursday 30 January 2020 Our next adventure, six weeks in Sri Lanka. We are flying early on Friday from Larnaca, so decided to stay local the night before. Our packing preparations had been happening for the last few days and we had packed most things on Wednesday. So after a few final things were packed and shut the house down we left at 1100 am. There was a final errand, which concluded quickly enough and we were on to the motorway at Paphos around 1200. As we hadn't yet eaten and had all the time in the world we thought it would break the journey, to have something to eat at Limassol Marina. We eventually found our way in to the Marina and parked shortly after 1 pm. It was raining, so we headed quickly into ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo March 25th 2019

yes, 2 days ago i was in colombo, sri lanka touring in a tuk tuk. tomorrow, the 26th of march we will be in mumbai. dubai on the 29th and 30th. muscat, oman on the 31st. transiting through the suez canal on april the 6th. then 2 days in haifa, israel on the 7th and 8th. seville, spain on the 13th, then disembarking in southampton on the 16th of april. i can't believe how quick this cruise has gone. the days have just sailed by! on march 17th we arrived in singapore for 2 days. very hot and humid. it was 34 degrees by noon. i was booked on a tour and was pleased to see tony from my dining table was on the same tour. the majority of the population in singapore are chinese (76%), ... read more
in singapore

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo March 9th 2019

After about 420 kms of riding our last full day was a 150 km drive to Colombo initially along a new toll road to the outskirts of Colombo where traffic slowed to a crawl. Brief stops made at Independence Square & Parliament as well a brief orientation drive around the old town before lunch & browsing at the Barefoot Fairtrade store, a showcase of handicrafts from around the country. After lunch we took a walk through the bustling Pettah Bazaar. Colombo is now a big modern city set on a huge natural harbour where office blocks stand shoulder to sholder with Colonial-era buildings reflecting the different eras of the Portuguese, Dutch & British empires. China is now the new empire, building huge new towers plus a massive sand reclamation of prime land around the port so ... read more
Busy speed sign
Moving goods in compact Colombo market
End of ride group with celebratory beer.

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo September 11th 2018

We got off the plane at half 11 Sri Lankan time, it was only a very small flight. Free wi-fi in the airport allowed us to book a taxi through “PickMe” which is the Sri Lankan equivalent of Ola. We changed our money (everywhere in the airport does the exact same conversion rate, however they only accept cash, as one stereotypically rude brit abroad found out (not us)). Immediately from the airport to the hotel, a half an hour drive, the roads seemed cleaner, palm trees scattered everywhere matched only in number by the large bodies of water. I’ve already had the talk with meg about staying 5 metres from the waters edge, as the island hosts thousands of Marsh Crocodiles along with a few saltwater crocodiles too. No thanks. We stayed in the Star Anise ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo August 19th 2018

After researching the many ways to see the sights of Colombo, from the budget version of the negotiated tuktuk to the super expensive jeep, we all decided to do the City Sightseeing tour, in the red open top bus. It seemed quite pricey for where we are, 30USD, but it picked us up from right in front of the hotel and dropped us back here 4 hours later. We had to go to breakfast at 7am and it wasn’t even a school day. It arrived at 7.45 and drove up to the Galle Face Hotel where we had to wait 20 minutes for some Aussies who’d been given the wrong pick up time. 2 more got on at the next hotel and that was it, 7 of us. We first went round the Fort area and ... read more
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Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo August 18th 2018

Hurrah for a free day to explore, and not having to be at breakfast at 7am, I had a plan today to walk around the lake at the back of the hotel, visit the Gangaramaya Temple and go to the Independence Square Mall. It was surprising on a number of fronts, but was a lovely day. The road at the side of the Crescat Mall leads down to a big lake with a temple on a tiny island. There’s a path around the edge, a few men hanging around or working cleaning and sweeping. Perfectly OK for walking around in the daytime. There was a scratchy noise which turned out to be a 3 foot monitor lizard, and a few birds. At the entrance to the temple on the island a man was sitting on the ... read more
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