Can I go no where with you?

Trip Start Oct 13, 2013
Trip End Apr 13, 2014

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

We left Adams peak in the direction of Ella, a highly recommended town in the highlands with wonderful views and hikes. We retraced our steps back to Hatton (2 very full, standing room only, hot, bumpy bus rides) we splurged for second class tickets (an extra 25 cents) so that dan could have a seat as his poor ankle was quote swollen and sore still. The train ride was great. the view of the country side is really remarkable. It's a never ending sea of rolling hills covered in tea plantations or dense forest. The tracks go through tunnels and cut the mountain right on the edge. Every turn brought a new exciting view to life. We arrived in Ella which is another one road town full of guesthouses, restaurants and taxi stands. It is a quiet and relaxed place with the atmosphere of a cottage town. Our guest house had a beautiful view if the "Ella gap" and "Ella rock". Most of the sights are out side the town and there is a plethora of taxi and tuk tuk drivers wanting to take you there. We explored the immediate area first and discovered the police station where we learnt the cops do 14 hour shifts 5 days a week, we found a vet clinic (first one I've seen on my trip-the Sri Lankan people seem to care for their animals, pets have collars and strays are fed by locals) and a local cricket match (they love their cricket here, they practice anywhere and everywhere). Dans ankle repaired itself over night and we decided to just walk. No plan, no direction, no goal. Just to walk. And walk we did. For over 6 hours and many more kilometers. We are both towards the end of our trip and really spent a lot of time comparing stories, emotions and situations. We stumbled upon a lovely water fall and some stunning views of the gap. We also collected a pack of stray dogs that followed us around (5 in total, that we appropriately named). The second day was spent much the same except we had the goal of climbing Ellas rock to gain a birds eye view of the area. The walk was along the railway tracks through a tea plantation and up the rock/hill. It was hot and hard but once at the summit we reaped the rewards but not in the way we expected. The views were, as expected, wonderful, but just up the path a little was a gaggle of university boys on their day off. They were singing, dancing and drumming, just having a ball. So naturally we joined in on their jungle dance party. we learned some sweet local dance moves and were serenaded to "my heart will go on" from the titanic (they love that movie here almost as much as Burma does!) It was a wonderful time and it really reminded me of some fun camping nights with the gang. It really is true that adventure can be found around every corner. We spent our last few hours in Ella devouring food, I really can't express how delicious everything is here. I am going to try my best to replicate as many dishes as I can. Ella was a great place to do nothing and anything all at once. It really reminded how important it is to be able to sit back and go with the flow and really enjoy the moments that come out of the blue. It's great to just go and explore.

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"It's great to just go and explore."

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