Happy New Year!!!

Trip Start Aug 27, 2011
Trip End Jun 01, 2012

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Negombo, Sri Lanka - The rally driver dropped us off near some Tuk Tuks. We went to a beach place I saw in my book, which said bar closed. The Tuk Tuk driver (who normally works on commission) tried to imply that the place was closed! it wasn't and he left. We were right on the beach, although the beach in Negombo is not the best but it was still great to be back in the sunshine and near a beach again!!

We dined in the hostel that night and enjoyed some fish as well as a rice dish! Very tasty indeed! Our room was fine although the funny thing was that the bathroom window led to the kitchen, so we saw a bunch of pineapples above the fridge!!

In similar pattern, each morning we had out to find breakfast and on the way back on our first morning, we came across a swimming pool in a fancy hotel complex. We went away, got changed, and strolled in as if we were guests!! It was awesome!! I think anyone who worked there was more taken aback from seeing a beautiful Western girl than by the white ginger man catching a free swim!! In typical Tony and Sonja fashion, I was thrown around, we swam some, splashed some and enjoyed the free swim. The next day, we did the same, no-one asked! This time, Sonja picked me up again and threw me in the water. Seeing as I can balance better in the pool (than the sea) Sonja sat on my shoulders and I slowly carried her from the safety of the deep end to carrying her screaming to the shallow end before dunking her!! Haha, great stuff!!

Our first morning was in fact the Hindu/Buddhist New Year. We were staying in a Catholic area of the Island with people wearing religious slogun tshirts, I think that scares me more than the extremists! Sadly, I needed to leave Kandy where the big celebrations were for the New Year. We were woken to an all day football tournament on the beach! It started early with rock music and carried on till sun set! The quality was OK but no-one was wearing shin pads!! Ouch!!

Our second night, we skipped one restaurant on my gut feeling again! There were seven tables already seated, none were eating, all looked hungry!! It would just turn into me moaning all night! So we walked on and found a delightful little restaurant in the back garden of a family's home! We were served straight away and chose to share some fish and a steak! The setting was peaceful, food came out quickly and was delicious!! The funny part of the night was seeing a young Asian guy picking up a stray kitten, walking him to the gate, set it down, then watch it race back to his table. The owners don't like cats, see them as pets! The owner then picked it up and walked off with one of his daughters crying her heart out......this didn't sound good!!!?? He better not make me teary!! Five minutes later, a little kitten came shooting around the gate and back to the garden, followed slowly by the owner. He said it must be another kitten as the other one would 'never' return!! Hmm seemed the same to me!! So, I offered to walk him away seeing as we were ten minutes down the beach. So we paid the bill, I picked up my kitten and walked back to our guesthouse. I was playing a little bit with the kitten, holding him in the air, tickling him under the armpits but no-one wanted the poor little fella! We ended up finding some trash and the little kitten went to investigate his new area.

The next night was going to be our last for a bit. We had an early birthday celebration for my 30th! We drank a beer each and enjoyed some delicious fresh fish! Sonja followed the chef in the kitchen while I was getting ready then suddenly I heard 'Tony!!', 'Tony!!', 'I'm in the kitchen!', she was by our bathroom window!! So funny!!

I left early next morning and I shared a Tuk Tuk with a Thai guy and soon was boarding my flight to Dhaka, Bangladesh after an amazing five weeks in Sri Lanka! Thank you Sonja!

Next stop, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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