These feet weren't made for walking...

Trip Start Aug 10, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

... or that's just what they think. Let me first enlighten you to what a tuktuk or rickshaw is. First cross a golfkart with a motorbike, and then include a driver who is willing to take you anywhere for a fee as long as it isn't the hotel you first mention. The reason being, obviously, that it is a bad hotel, thieving proprietors, all kinds of animals, beasties and funghi in the rooms, horribly expensive, or whatever. Oh yeah, forgot to mention the most important thing, they're not receiving any commission from this particular hotel, which gives 'bad hotel' a different meaning, as bad for them does not necessarily mean bad for you. Now as a foreigner, it is assumed that those two limbs protruding from your hips downwards are the physical equivalent of matchsticks, and are not capable of carrying you for a distance of over 200 metres. All you can do is politely smile, and say that you're 'walking to your destination'. And that times 200.

Anuradhapura, though quite beautiful in itself, is well worth a two day visit albeit that we arrived just after having seen the old stones, ruins, image houses, buddha statues etcetera of Pollunaruwa, so we were numbed somewhat by another onslaught of temples, ruins and much the same but older than Pollanaruwa. No problems though, as you settle in the century old varanda of the Tissawewa Rest House in the centre of the Ancient City sampling the local delicacies (ham and cheese omelette) and a ... pineapple juice (beer isn't served in the Ancient City). Life can be awful at times...


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