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... a dip in the sea. That was super warm. However, I thought the current was really, really strong. Lukas said that it wasn't, until I came in! He said I had ruined the sea. I said his English was bad.
At about 6, after showering and what not, we needed to find an ATM. We asked one man who said 1km away. Another said 3km and then another said 5km. Oh. Right. Turns out, they were all tuk tuk drivers. Naught, cheeky so and so's. We picked Neal up on ...
... is in Negombo. But Negombo is also a beach town and a nice place start or end to a visit in Sri Lanka. The hotel strip is parallel to the beach and runs for miles north from the center of Negombo town, which we found is quite dull.
We walked a kilometer into town to see the fish market ...
... then walked over to the orphanage where they house the elephants to see them in their 'homes'. Up until now the elephants looked happy and were being well looked after by their trainers and weren't being mishandled but when we got to the orphanage I did question their treatment as we saw a few elephants chained up by both their back and front legs and they were just swaying which is a sign of boredom and not being happy. There was also the 'feeding the babies' ...
... wait, we got on the train, which was better than expected. With the inside layout like some of London's tube trains with heaps of space, we got seats easily. The train was a million years old and pretty grotty, but we would take that any day over what we had just experienced. After an hour, we got off one stop after Negombo as it was closer to our guest house, only to find at it was a tiny station with no damned taxis or tuktuks. ...
... due to our tanning. I told one guy we had just arrived and he responded, "No way, you are too brown". Having just spent all that time in India seems to be sparing us the 'Fresh off the boat’ mentality. This allows us to mask our naivety and pretend we are old hat Sri Lanka travellers. It did not, however, prevent us from going red in the afternoon. We are now closer to the equator and the skies are a lot less dusty than before. We are not immune to sunburn and we had ...