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... that we must hurry and we might have already missed the ceremony which included elephants. We get to the temple, he gives me a quick tour which was fine since I knew that Carmen would want to see this and I could come back. The "cook" then asks me if I am interested in gems as every year on this holiday there is a big show at a place he knows that is a very short tuk- tuk ride away. I say I don' like gems but I ...
... me, but when I haggle I feel like I'm just playing out the old colonial role, milking some poor dudes labour power for my own gain. I did get a new bag for $3 - but felt like I deprived the man of his electricity for the month. Haggling is a weird game. He names a price, you half it. It jumps up and down, until you both come to the price that you both knew it would be from the get go. It's ...
... 160;we saw an ancient old man, more like a bag of bones, he was. He put out his hand but not in a sneaky or snide way, more in a practical "I've gotta eat" way....but as usual, we had no small rupee with us, it was all in the car, so we could only smile at him and say ayuboun. After looking all around the temple and the outer buildings we went back to the car and Rick made a great archeological discovery . A 600 year old "thunderbox" !! as he calls it. He ...
... show them the simple project easier than I had anticipated.
I had pre-cut most of the shapes and soon everyone was having a go with the sticky pads, glue and glitter to come up with the new improved version of the design. By the end of the afternoon there was glitter everywhere, particularly as it was so humid.
I had an amazing time chatting to the girls and making cards, and it ...
So in total we've spent 4 days in Colombo at the beginning, middle and end. It's a hot, congested city but with a few gems around the city. Speaking of gems, we went to see Nelia's gem merchant. If you ever come to Colombo you must visit his jewellery shop. We were taken into his office where we were shown a million different ...
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free parking