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Published: September 18th 2011
Not your normal hotel
The guest house is a little different from the usual beach side hotel - the owner's motto is "expect the unexpected"!
It hasn't taken long to slip back into tropical mode. Our three days in Negombo, a popular seaside town 30km north of Colombo, has provided our introduction to Sri Lanka. Our accommodation has great ambience - a 200 year old Dutch-style colonial villa set right on the beach front in a tropical garden with lots of interesting corners. The Swiss owner, Jerry, has a local reputation as a foodie and we have enjoyed some great meals.
The locals are overwhelmingly friendly, particularly when they realise we are Australian.
Cricket is the passion here and there are two regular matches of primary age children and teenagers on the beach right outside our guesthouse, every morning and afternoon.
We spent Friday in Colombo, joining with the Aussie cricket tragics at the opening day of the 3rd Test. A shaky start for Australia but then a good recovery.
Negombo is an interesting and historic town. We spent a few hours cycling visiting the local sights. A somewhat hairy experience, negotiating potholes, tuk-tuks and the locals going about on their business.
The area is almost 100% Roman Catholic and in Sri Lanka is known as "little Rome", so plenty of
The personal touch.
churches and convents.
There is plenty of seafood from the tropical waters and a great sight each afternoon are the hundreds of square-sailed outriggers on the horizon making their way back to shore with their catches.
Right up the coast north from Colombo the flat landscape is covered with a series of lakes which were joined in Dutch times by an intricate network of canals. These are still an important means of transporting goods and we crossed over many as we cycled.
The beach next to our guesthouse is the setting for the Sri Lanka National Kite Festival this weekend. As this is the season leading to the monsoon the stiff sea breezes make sure that the hundreds of kites looked spectacular. Rick needed something like this to cheer himself up after watching Australia go down to Ireland in the RWC!
So this has been a laid back enjoyable few days before we head off on our 12 day tour of the island tomorrow.
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