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I headed down to the beach after realising there was so much more I could do with my time before Ben comes. I went to hikkaduwa, where some boys from the hostel had gone the day earlier. I forgot to look at the train timetable so ended up spending three hours waiting for the next train. I wandered around the markets in pettah, got some food and visited the Dutch museum. It was a beautiful old building and the man at the front had to open and close up ...
... As the
images show, it is slightly shabby looking on the outside and rather
better looking on the inside where massive refurbishment has obviously
taken place. I would have thought that on the principle that you never
get a second chance to make a first impression that a little work on the
outside might have been an idea.
Apparently it had a portcullis
and was a second line of defence to the moat which ...
Took some block up pills and went out to the big party just across the road. Played a massive game of circle with the hostel which was awesome! Place was flash, fire guys etc. started to be sick though so ended up going to get food with Andrew and Cat the Canadians and got bacon kuttu it was soooo good! Came home about 4am and em was a sleep on the floor with a dog haha so funny. Bed time ...
... grabbing a vegetable rotti for lunch, we took a tuctuc ride to the 'tsunami museum' about 5km away.
On the way we stopped to see a tiny island just off the shore, which was home to a buddhist temple. When the tsunami hit, despite 10m high waves, the temple was completely undamaged - it looked perfect.
A little further down the road, we stopped alongside the railway. Beside it was an ENORMOUS buddha, maybe 10 stories tall, which was a memorial monument given by ...
... was “Auntie”, and 72 year old women who seemed to help with everything. But Mrs Karu laughed off this invasion and seemed to relish the challenge.
At the market I asked her to cook all the vegetable curries with vegetables I could find in the UK. So we had green beans, leeks, carrots, potatoes, lentils plus rice and popadoms. I then thought I should get the men something to drink and they of course wanted hard liquor, Arak (distilled ...