The Checkers Hotel
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... and the various pros and cons of each nationality were weighed up. One entertaining gentleman ranted about how the corrupt British visa system used racist anti-immigration policies to fleece Indians of visa fees. It was fascinating how well travelled many people in India seemed to be. A stark contrast to Vietnam and Cambodia where few people seem to leave their home town. I thoroughly enjoyed these varied and animated discussions. After a while we secured ...
... can only assume they moved us on because of the down-market vehicle we were in ). Beginning to feel like the Flying Dutchman when we arrive at an almost deserted entrance with just one uniformed guard, who is not pleased to see us. We pay off our taxi-driver with another 100Rs tip, and go inside to try and find some sort of reception, but the guard insists we go back outside and walk further around the driveway to where he reckons the ...
... You can see the photos if you go to the website. Inside, there are tiny pieces of Thomas' bones, as well as many other pieces of bones from other disciples and Catholic saints. But for us, I think the most interesting and intriguing part was the cross - said to have been carved by Thomas himself before he died (and stained by his own blood)- this cross, apparently, for many years used ...
... inside a computer whilst someone was playing one of those crazy racing games. As we neared Colombo the traffic built and our driver became even more erratic. In addition, he suddenly started to make little detours from the main road, which meant weaving speedily around very narrow lanes and bumping over pretty sizeable sleeping policemen. The last half an hour was spent with Elaine and I clinging on for dear life and wondering whether these little deviations were all ...
... was a no smoking train and that smoking is not allowed on Indian stations now either. However, we were tourists and felt that this was an appropriate time and place for the dumb British tourist act to be played. When the train stopped at the stations we would open the doors and have a smoke, jumping back on with all the others when the train blew its whistle and started moving, finishing our cigarettes and closing the door before reaching full speed. Train safety in still in ...