Grand Ella Motel
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... the railway. Naively perhaps, I did not think that it meant you started at the train station and literally jumped on to the railway and stayed on it for a good half an hour. Just to remind you all, I am in Sri Lanka. So firstly, this is common practice for the locals and secondly, yes, the trains do go very close to said locals walking along the track (I knew this from being a passenger on the train the previous day)! I really wasn't comfortable with walking along the track - ...
... and all of about 3 minutes. When we got down there, one place seemed very busy, so we decided that, given its popularity, it must be good. We walked in and, would you believe it, Phil and Ruth were there too! We joined them and had curry and rice for dinner. Now, I know I've had a lot of curry and rice in the past month, but this was something altogether very different. We were served a bowl of rice and 12 different mini-curries!!! I couldn't believe my eyes. It was ...
... back to the room for a while completing our domestic tasks (ie, hand washing the rest of our stuff that we couldn't afford to take to the laundry!) then we decided to finish the day of activity off with a run so we headed off for a hilly run and found out the general direction of our hike tomorrow!
The only thing left was to head out to our favourite place here in Ella, 'Chill Bar', for a few drinks and a meal to complete the day ...
... We had a guide, a driver and someone to carry the bags !!
We saw a few dogs lying around and lots of men standing around – some outside the airport “gate” and some with taxis etc.
Then we began our journey to the hotel … we passed lots of interesting sights.
So many people just sitting around – what are they waiting for ? A bus ?? I really don’t know ! Some were ...
... valley and plantation below.
Tearing ourselves from the mesmerizing views we decide to get out before the impending rains start. The clouds in the distance have darkened and we know it is not long until the rain will start. We rush to stay ahead of the clouds and manage to make it to the old wooden bridge before the heavens open.
Meandering?Through the plantations we get caught in the first down pour and seek refuge at an abandoned cement ...