How to write lots about nothing, lesson 1.

Trip Start Jan 08, 2014
Trip End Apr 09, 2014

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Well folks, I do hope you appreciate the effort I have been putting into trying to keep this thing up to date, well less than a month out of date anyway!  The 21st of January was a day of doing nothing much really although I did trot back into the Fort area and had a bit of a mooch round the Pettah (market area.  Most of you probably know by now how much I love markets which is rather strange as I loathe the general concept of shopping.  Put me in Oxford Street in London (the main shopping street) and I am ready to commit murder after about half an hour.  After that amount of time I generally have to retreat to a great little bar I know nearby for a reviving pint of Aspalls!

I shall make this a very short entry just to facilitate a few images to give you an idea what the Pettah is like but I have included the one of the tuk tuk driver one for a bit of a laugh.  Apparently, he was not overly keen on the concept of being photographed.  At least that is what I think he was trying to convey! 

I finished the evening off with another excellent meal in the Yaal restaurant which I believe I told you about earlier, it is the place that specialise in Jafna (i.e. Tamil) cuisine and if this place is an example I cannot wait to get up there.  I wanted to visit anyway as it was out of bounds for so long during the war but the delicious food is yet another incentive to go North.

People sometimes have a go at me about "wasting time" when I am on the road and, to an extent, I can understand the thinking behind that.  For people with limited time on holiday, say two or three weeks, it is certainly understandable to try and cram as much in as you can.  On the other hand, people like myself who have the luxury of a bit of time don't actually have to visit three temples, a holy lake, a museum and a sunset spot all in one day. 

I certainly love doing all of the above but I actually derive as much pleasure from getting myself lost in backstreets, eating in a little local huckster of a cafe, wandering about the market (as above) or just riding on a local bus to see where it will take me.  I have done that more than once, get on a bus, tram, suburban train or whatever and just gone to the end of the line for a look round.  Chances are it will not be a tourist area and you can get a far better idea of how local people live their daily lives. 

Again, some people think I am crazy doing this on the principle that if I am off the tourist trail that somehow I am also off the radar of the police and "safety", or that I am going to end up in some sort of ghetto and run into trouble.  On the contrary, I have had some wonderful experiences doing this (Zagreb springs to mind) and, touch wood, I have never run into trouble yet.  I think the novelty value helps, especially if you are in a place where people don't look like you.  Let's be honest, who does look like me?  Gandalf after a rough night on the Hobbit Ale perhaps?

Yes, before you ask, I do realise exactly how bloody lucky I am to be able to travel like this.

I had intended this to be a quick line or two about a day when I did nothing and now look what has happened.  I'm rambling again.  My late Mother used to quip that I had been vaccinated with a gramophone needle and that is probably not far from the truth.  Still, I suppose the idea of a travel blog is that I write about travelling, so I shall attempt to justify myself that way.

Stay tuned, I am on a roll again!

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Shaz on

More like Commander Vimes lol!

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