Pretend judges, monkeys and beer.
Trip Start Jan 08, 2014
36Trip End Apr 09, 2014
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Where I stayed
Galle Centre Home.
All this walking in the hot afternoon sun was taking it out of me a bit and so you can probably guess what is coming next. Got it in one! Beer o'clock was declared and I sought out the Galle Fort Hotel as I had read that it was less prohibitively expensive than the really, really flash place. I sat down by myself, ordered a beer and was almost immediately called over by a chap who asked me to join him, which I did. His name was Mike and he was teaching English to Government officials in Saudi Arabia. He had decided on a bit of R and R and had flown down to Sri Lanka for five days
I shall use my VT tip here to explain all about the extremely swish hotel which left me feeling horribly underdressed just as I had in Colombo with Treshi (see previous post).
"Let's get one thing absolutely straight at the outset, the Galle Fort Hotel is way outside my budget to stay at but it does provide an absolutely gorgeous location for a drink in the late afternoon. Indeed, it would be lovely at any time but I tended to go there for a sundowner. One good thing about going at that time is that they will bring you a complimentary plate of delightful nibbles as pictured. For information the red dipping sauce is hotter than the green one and can be a little fiery!
The service is excellent and there always seem to be almost too many staff standing around waiting to serve you
Certainlyyou pay a bit more than normal for a drink here but not overly so and it really is worth it to sit in such wonderful surroundings and imagine yourself back in the days of the Empire
Mike had been in town a couple of days and afterwards he took me to an excellent little restaurant called Sea Green which was to become a great favourite of mine. This, however, is the point I have reached in my VT pages so it looks like I'll have to get onto them again and it may be a day or two before I post here again, just so you know. Still, I have a few hours left today so I'll try to get some stuff done. At least I am holding to less than one month behind myself!