My first day in Sri Lanka
Trip Start Sep 21, 2005
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My first day in Sri Lanka
I crawled out of bed this morning at 11.30, it was really hot last-night and the ceiling-fan was too high up to be of any real benefit. I had heard someone moving around outside earlier in the morning but by the time I got up they had left. I went into the bathroom expecting to find the cockroach there, but to my surprise (and relief) it was nowhere to be found. I'm still thinking about where it could have gone, there was nowhere for it to go, it was in the shower basin. I wish I had taken a picture of it now. There was no one else in the house so I was left up to my own devices. I had to have a cold shower this morning, I don't think I will ever get used to that, but I know I will be doing it a lot so I had better try! There was no food in the house so after consulting Mr. Sadikeen I decided to head to Colombo for the day
He called for a tuk tuk and that took me to Atharugriya bus stand. Its funny how they call the Auto-rickshaws 'tuk tuk' because they don't actually make that sound. They are very quiet here unlike most of them in India. I brought some Bananas from a shop opposite the stand. My first purchase in Sri Lanka, it was not that difficult but the shopkeeper didn't know English and had to get help from a friend, I know your thinking 'its only some bananas' but still with out the lingo, things aren't that easy. I got onto bus number 170 like Mr. Sadikeen had told me and off we went. I had read somewhere that Sri Lanka is sometimes referred to as the 'Emerald Isle', the journey to Colobo made me realise why. The whole place I very lush and green, I have never seen so many shades, it reminds me of Kerela quite a lot. The roads are quite good, not very good but much better than Indian roads, the bus drivers however, are very similar to the ones in India. They driver on my bus was like a little 'boy-racer', he was darting through the traffic as if he was driving a Tuk Tuk. I'll give him credit for one thing though, he only used the horn when necessary. It took the best part of an hour to get to Colombo and I got off at the main bus stand near the Fort. It was gone 1pm by now and my belly was crying out for food, I walked down a road and found this little bakery on the corner, I had a pastry with some veg curry in it and an Ice-cream Soda
After refuelling I went to a card shop and was reminded in no uncertain terms that it was Valentines day today (yeah there were hearts everywhere). I got a couple of birthday cards, wrote them out and posted them back home, one was for mum (sorry its late) and the other for Simran
It's been a tiring first day but good fun, a new place brings new adventure and I defiantly need more of that. I have decided to stay here longer, I will get onto the airlines in the morning and see what they say about dates. I still haven't seen the cockroach again and I keep thinking it going to turn up somewhere. I'm leaving here tomorrow so hopefully it will stay away till then! Oh by the way I found a broomstick in the kitchen that looks just like Harry Potter Nimbus 2000 (or what ever its called), check out the pic!