Jan 12, 2006
Feb 05, 2006
. The country depends on its tourism which is noticably down on previous years with empty beaches and restaurants. We arrived in the port town of Galle where 15,000 people died last year when the second wave hit, some people are still living in the refugee tents today. However, everyone is very happy to see us and it is not long before we are being harassed by 1000 tut tut drivers asking if we need a lift. We travelled out of town about 9km and once again we were dropped at the wrong end of the beach of Unawatuna. Our first night we syated in a place called The Rock - quite appropriate I thought, although Alkatraz would have been a better option I am sure. Next day we found a little place on the beach with a balcony overlooking the sea which is where we are staying now. This place is paradise, Klarka is learning to Scuba dive and I did my first wreck dive Yesterday. We just had dinner on the beach watching the sun set - enjoy the photos.
We travelled to Unawatuna by public and private bus. The buses here are crazy and that is if you can find the one you want. Ask 10 different people where to go and get 10 different answers I promise you!! In the Czech Republic there are a few driving regulations here there is 1: Use you horn as often as you see fit!! When we arrived the in the capital city (Colombo) to change buses to head south down the cost we got off into what can only be descrive as orangised mahen with an extremely pungent smell. I spent the next 5 minutes retching with klarka saying "you are going to have to get use to this you know!"...thanks for that! We got on our next intercity bus with Sri Lanka's answer to Michael Schumaker at the wheel! 3 hours of white knuckle riding down the coastal road, what a buzz!!! Oh yeh, and it cost less than a quid each. On a sadder note, all the way down the coast the devastation from the Tsunami was still evident and everyone tells us that the governemt is not using the money wisely