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Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo July 26th 2018

Having opted for the 6:40am train to again fit the most possible into the day again we were up at 5:30. Sassi had found another tuk tuk driver willing to take us to the station. Just a short hop it wasn’t worth getting out of bed for, so it was a job for an early riser. We’d met the guy, he seemed nice but when he said he’d pick us at 6am we weren’t entirely convinced he’d show. We waited until 6:05am then not prepared to miss the train and to have got up that early for nothing, we started walking to the road. A 5 minute walk up the dirt road proved our gut feel right as he still hadn’t passed us. The main road was pretty quiet but it still only took a few ... read more
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Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo June 3rd 2018

I am sitting in the Ceylon Tea House in Kandy sheltering from the monsoon rains which, it turns out, they weren't exaggerating about. Kandy is a cool little town but the rain has quite literally put a dampner on things. I travelled from Colombo early this morning so I am still suffering the after effects of my early start. I only spent a day in Colombo and that was probably enough, although the rain and my jetlag probably contribute towards a worse opinion that is really justified. It's a nice city but it is busy and chaotic which sometimes I enjoy but hobbling through the bustling crowds of Pettah market with an unhappy body clock and a still tender broken toe was not as fun as I had hoped my first day in Sri Lanka would ... read more
Cloudy view of Lake Kandy

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo May 3rd 2018

Today we begin our long journey home, but not until much later; we leave for the airport at 9.30 pm. First a day in hot, dirty, polluted Colombo. We decide to pay for another night at the hotel so we don’t have to check out until evening. After breakfast we plan a walk along Galle Face Green. It’s a British style seaside prom. There’s even a memorial from its opening by Sir Henry Ward in 1859 where it is ‘recommended to his successors in the interest of the ladies and children of Colombo’. Poor Henry would be turning in his grave if he could see it now; it’s a stinking mess of garbage and sewage and makes me long for the pristine beach of Bournemouth. Next we head for the lake, in theory. In practice, the ... read more
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Bere Lake
Bere Lake

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo April 28th 2018

We get up from our damp, smelly bed in our hot, smelly room at 7 am, access WiFi and book another hotel. After a full and frank exchange of views with the receptionist about the state of the hotel, we check out and take a taxi to Colombo. By 11 am, we are checked in, showered and settle down for a couple of hours more sleep in clean beds. We wake to a message from Booking.com saying that Sea Port registered us as a ‘no show’ which means we can’t even post a bad review of our horrible experience. We get up and go for a walk following Lonely Planet’s suggestion for a ‘short stroll’. First point, a spot on the seafront to view pelicans perched on poles. It’s actually a huge construction site with no ... read more
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Elephants
Buddha

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo January 17th 2018

“Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta So its been about 6 years since my last blog entry. It’s good to be back! I’ve done my fair share of travelling since then from European countries to the Caribbean to Asia but all much shorter trips to fit in around work and parenthood. I’ve ticked another few countries off my bucket list taking my total number now to 68 (as Easter Island and The Galapagos don't count as separate)! But to date, Sri Lanka has eluded me. Now I find myself in the middle of Sri Lanka as part of the Mumpack Travel Club – a group of mainly Mum’s (although there are a couple of Dad’s in families) who have come together under the organisation of one ballsy ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo January 4th 2018

Woolly says – After a couple of most enjoyable days on the beach watching the fishermen at work, the crows sneaking off with their catch and avoiding the waves wherever possible I decided it was time to explore further. Having ensured that the women were up and ready on time I led them onto the main road just as a tuk tuk hove into view. He stopped, having asked for the bus station and checked the price – always important to do before climbing on board – a short ride later and we were left working out where the correct bus stop was. Jo smiled at an elderly man and asked, he pointed and grinned in return, it was proving rather easy, we climbed onboard to find that every seat was taken, as I started to ... read more
What a sight
Rows of Buddha's and bronze carvings
The Memorial Hall

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo September 17th 2017

Day 14: Sunday 17 September - Colombo After breakfast, we began our journey back to Colombo. Our guide, Fernando showed us many, many buildings that were destroyed by the Tsunami and have never been rebuilt. We saw a Japanese-style Buddha which the Japanese built as a memorial. We also saw another memorial on the beach side with its concrete carved mural depicting the tsunami tragedy. This was where 100s of villages crowded in the train thinking that his would be a safe place. Most were washed out to sea and drowned. The whole experience of seeing these memorials was very moving and surrreal, and hard to imagine what it was like. I hope I never find out. After, we continue to Colombo. On arrival, we embark on a city tour of Colombo. We explored the Fort ... read more
Colombo Natural History Museum (5)
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Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo September 16th 2017

With an evening flight we had one day to see Colombo. Our host made us breakfast and waxed lyrical about his vinyl collection and his 1960 mini and Morris Minor and we were serenaded by Elvis playing on an antique record player while we ate. He also guided us on where to go today and called us a tuk tuk that wouldn't rip us off. Just 180lkr later we were in Independence Square and wee had a wander round there and the surrounding gardens and memorial which were all very nice. Once you get on the streets though about a million tuk tuks will offer you their services and try and rip you off. We had been warned that we would be offered the chance to go to a Buddhist festival that was only happening today ... read more
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Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo September 16th 2017

Our final breakfast was Sri Lankan of course with the added bonus of listening to Elvis on vinyl. We chatted with our host for sometime before he pointed out that we didn't have much time to see Colombo. He did warn us about scammers who claim there's a Buddhist festival happening and will guide you there in their tuk-tuks to take photos. I'm not sure where they take you in the event that there are no festivals happening but you get charged a whole lot of money to get back.. We weren't let down either because not long after we had wandered around Independence Square and Cinnamon Gardens, our first scammer found us on Galle Main Road, telling all about the amazing festival we could go to. It sounded amazing but unfortunately we said we had ... read more
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Independence Square Arcade
Lion in Independence Square

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo September 4th 2017

Our Travel Day – Monday, 4 September to Colombo We departed Brisbane at 2.30pm on our flight to Sri Lanka arriving at the Colombo International Airport at 11.45pm local time which is 4 ½ behind Australia. We had 2 hours in Singapore on the way. It was a dry, balmy night when we arrived and had no problems catching a recognised taxi to our Hotel which was in Colombo 1 district, about 35 minutes from the airport. A bit about Sri Lanka before we start: Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is an island country located southeast of the Republic of India and northeast of the Maldives. Its current existence is due to the merger of several empires present on the island under European colonial rule. The island is home to many ... read more
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Singapore - beautiful orchids




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