Trip Start Jan 19, 2012
34Trip End Jul 08, 2012
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The tour was so cheap, and right on budget, plus it would take the stress out of having to find our own way around. Jude (the J of JC Tours) kindly took us on a tour of Negombo and showed us some local churches, a temple with a big Buddha statue and treated us to some local delicacies like sweetcorn(!) and a King Coconut.
After dinner I started to feel a bit strange but put it down to too much sun as I had got burned while sitting out after our tour around Negombo
The next morning, I woke up feeling very dehydrated. I took some rehydration salts and prayed that that would do the trick. We left in the taxi and I started to feel even worse- so annoying as we had planned elephant riding today. I slept and we got out of the car occasionally to see things along the way like a pineapple plantation, a rubber plantation. My heart wasn't really in it but I tried to make the most of it. After the elephant ride I didn't really move again all day. I was relieved when we made it to the guesthouse and had a nap. After that we went to see some Kandyan dancing as I was feeling slightly better. It was very entertaining.
Jude kept on that I should drink Coconut Arrack to make myself feel better. The last thing that I wanted to do when I had spent all day trying to rehydrate was to drink alcohol, but, as he had been to the trouble of buying a whole bottle of this "Extra special" stuff I felt obliged to try a bit. It tasted like the rum we had in India- basically rocket fuel. NO THANKS!! After a couple of sips I had to get myself to bed!! I was hopeful of a recovery the next day as I didn't want to miss out. Thank god we paid for a driver though, it would have been hell to have to manage on public transport feeling weak, with a rucksack the size of your nephew on your back (in fact I think it is heavier than William and not as nice to cuddle :-))