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Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Negombo March 19th 2020

For the sake of completing this journey on the blog, I will simply say we returned home after an arduos and fraught time. Then commenced a 14 day self isolation period.... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Negombo March 14th 2020

Wednesday, 11 March, 2020, cont'd After a slow start we headed off at 10.45 am, simply walking North. Bought water from the supermarket, that we call fat man's, for obvious reasons. He told us the first corona virus had been found in Sri Lanka, yesterday. Looked in souvenir/craft shops on the way up to foodcity. We have a small list of things needed presently, but didn't find anything on the list. We bought other things instead. Then over to Tecso and found one item that we were looking for. Time for refreshment. The coffee bean & tea leaf cafe provided us with an ice blended hazelnut and an ice blended black forest drink. They claim to have invented ice blended drinks in 1963 in California and are world famous for them! Anyway it was something different. ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Negombo March 11th 2020

Monday 9 March, 2020 cont'd We left the room at 6.40 pm to find some dinner. Down to the main road and turned right. We stopped at a a restaurant called Sherryland, a few buildings down. The menu looked ok, so we went in. The waiter came for our drinks order and we asked about alcohol, as it was Poya (full moon) day, the waiter spoke quietly and said there was no alcohol. But if we didn't tell anyone they would mix a drink at the bar and could serve it that way. So no bottles of beer were seen on tables. Pat had a gin and tonic and I had a coke. For food we had a burger with chips and chicken stir fry with rice. Food was good, bill was LKR 3311 (GBP 13.97). ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Negombo March 9th 2020

Saturday 7 March, 2020 A good nights sleep. Plan for today, try to find a cricket stadium. The England cricket team are playing two test matches against Sri Lanka in late March just after we leave. However, they are playing two warm up matches, one not to far from Negombo and the other in Colombo, while we are still here. After doing some research, we have been able to find out some details and the first game is at Katunayake stadium near the airport. The information is sketchy and not wholly encouraging me as how accurate it might be. However we thought we would at least try to find it. Stirred at 6.50 am. Left at 9.50 am. The first step was to get to Negombo. So we went to the bus stop and a blue ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Negombo March 7th 2020

Wednesday 4 March, 2020, cont'd During our walk this morning we had spotted several laundrys and many restaurants, some of which we might even like to try. There were a couple of Italian restaurants, next door to each other which caught Pat's eye. So we headed out at 6.30 pm to find a laundry and then eat. We had it in our minds that the first laundry was a little way along and then the Italian restaurants followed. We walked and walked and came to the restaurants! Well we had got that all wrong. Next we walked past the cafe and the shop we visited this morning. Both guys were out on the street and we said hello. Finally after walking even further we spotted the laundry which was up a side alley. It was a ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Eastern Province » Trincomalee March 4th 2020

Saturday 29, February, 2020 cont'd At 7.00 pm we went down to get some dinner. Pat ordered grilled chicken and I ordered chicken fried rice. As usual here it all took a little while. Pat's was a little spicy but ok. The hotel has a Chinese connection and last night in the restaurant of about 15 people, we were the only non-Chinese. Most of them seem to be into scuba diving. Back to the room for 8.30 pm and lights out 10.00 pm. Sunday 1 March, 2020. Another good nights sleep, woke at 6.30 am, stirred at 7.00 am. Down to breakfast at 8.00 am. Sliced fruits, omelette, bacon, sausages, French toast, toast, fruit juice, tea and coffee. You order breakfast from a menu. The waiter is a softly spoken young man, who gets most things ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Matara February 29th 2020

Dammit I just lost a post ...I forgot you have to hit save periodically to protect against quirks in the WiFi. It has been quite a good so far but at times it waivers . Like now .. I was describing Ella . A backpackers haven . I seem to discover one in every country I travel . This one had the usual assortment of small restaurants , hostels , homestay and coffee shops . SRI Lankan coffee is terrible . It is in powder form and I think it is boiled as it is quite thick when poured . The sludge on the bottom of the cup is awful . I bought a small bottle of Nescafe shortly after I arrived . Nothing I would drink at home but definately preferable here.The backpackers are the ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Kandy February 29th 2020

Thursday 27 February, 2020 cont'd During the afternoon we started our packing and sorting things out for our departure tomorrow. We had a quiet evening and lights out was 9.20 pm. Friday 28 February, 2020 Today is our transfer from Kandy to Nilaveli near Trincomalee via Polonnaruwa. Woke at 6.20 am after a good nights sleep. Down for breakfast at 8.00 am. Nice hotel guy said the taxi driver would like an earlier start than 10.00 am as he felt there was a lot to do in the day. We comprimised on 9.15 am. Back to the room, showered and speeded up our final packing. I went down and paid our hotel bill. He had given us a slightly cheaper rate for the further two nights. The staff collected our luggage from the room and the ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Kandy February 27th 2020

Tuesday, 25 February, 2020 cont'd After a quiet afternoon we went for a walk at 6.30 pm to get something to eat and drink. Pat hadn't had an alcoholic drink for days. We had spotted a hotel on our travels, that included a sign - “Stags head pub”, so we thought to try for a sundowner this evening. It was actually already dark, but you get the point. The hotel Casamara was near to the lake, we went in and asked about drinks and were taken to a table poolside. A lion beer and a coke. Pat was happy. Not sure about the pub, but Pat got a drink, so who cares. Our next stop was a Pizza Hut, spotted above other shops, vary near to the lake. From a distance it looked busy. We found ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Kandy February 25th 2020

Saturday, 22 February, 2020 Move from Ella to Kandy today by train. Heavy rain during the night. Woke at 7.00 am, stirred at 7.45 am and down to breakfast. Eggs, toast, roti, plenty of fruit and cups of tea. Our train is 2.15 pm and check out is 12.00 pm. So when we paid our bill USD 39.12 (GBP 30.09) we asked about keeping the room for a little while. She said she had no booking for tonight, so no problem. We also asked them to book us a Tuktuk to the station. We packed and showered and left the room at 9.30 am, for a last potter round Ella. Pat had seen a “Starbeans” she wanted to try. We found it and had a coffee and a coke. Then a meander looking in various shops. ... read more




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