The Cultural Show in Kandy

Trip Start Sep 21, 2005
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Friday, February 24, 2006

Day 107 Thurs 23rd Feb 2006
The Cultural Show in Kandy
Although the mattress on the floor was comfortable, I still didn't sleep well last night. I think I need to get some pills or something. After breakfast at the house I made my way into town to the Air Lanka office to make another date change. On my way down there I bumped into a local man, he told me he was a dance teacher at a school near the lake. He told me he was on his way to a class and invited me to come along. We walked up to this school, there was a lesson going on but I don't think it was a dance class, there were hundreds of students all packed into a hall, where one tutor was giving a lecture (see pic). The man then took me into this room that had lots of paintings on the wall, there he introduced me to a lady who told me the school was an arts school for orphaned children (there were apparently a lot of orphans there!). She demonstrated a technique the students used to produce these paintings on fabric. It was all pretty interesting until she told me I could buy the paintings, and all the money would go towards the school fund. The painting I was looking at was Rs1800, she said I could get a discount on it, but I really wasn't interested. When I tried to tell her I would come back she started forcing the sale, and that made me realise things were a bit off key. I found out afterwards its all a big scam, there are lots of 'teachers' like that around the lake.

I got to the Air Lanka office and changed my departure date from the 25th to the 27th of Feb. while I was down there I also changed my Singapore to Melbourne flight from the 1st of April to the 1st of May (I'll be lucky to get there by then at this rate!).

I went to the post office next to post some postcards I had brought in Newara Eliya. It was around midday by the time I got out of there, and I was glad to have my umbrella with me as the sun was beating it down. As I walked along the edge of road that goes arounfd the lake I saw this 'thing' in the lake, it was like a cross between a crocodile and a big lizard, take a look at the picture and decide for yourself! Back at the house I met a couple there from Manchester. Dan and Becky have been travelling since May and have been all over South East Asia and after their stay in Lanka plan to go to India for a couple of months before returning home. They are typical, chilled out, down to earth Manchester couple, and it was nice to talk to some one on the same kind of level as me. My stuff had been moved to a room so I have a bed to sleep on tonight (yeah!). I also met another couple staying at the house, the guy was from Russia and the girl from South India. They were not serving anything for lunch at the house so I made my way back into town. I ate at this little café and then went to the internet café, this time I took my Powerbook and got plugged into the network. I uploaded some stuff to the site and checked my mail, when I came out of there it was around 2.15pm. I saw a little board outside this shop advertising the film 'Monster-in-Law'. I wouldn't normally go to watch a film on my own but then I've done a lot of things I wouldn't normally do! This film was only showing for two days, the next showing was at 3pm and it had J-lo in it! (that sold it to me). I made my way to the Cinema, walking some of the way and catching a bus the rest (the hop-on, hop-off thing is wicked!). I got a Balcony ticket for Rs100 and in I went. It's interesting to see how cinemas are in different places, the one I went to in India was an elaborate place but this place was small and needed a major revamp! The film was OK but the best part was watching the trailers for Lankan films, they were hilarious! I would go again just to see the trailers. It was nice to get away from it all and loose myself in the film for a while, even if it wasn't that good. But then I guess an hour-and-a-half of J-lo is always good!

After the film I made my way back to Kandy town by bus, it was about 5pm the time I reached town and it started to rain a little. The umbrella that I had used earlier to keep the rays of was now doing the same with the rain. I walked up to the Cultural Centre, which was on the other side of the lake from the house. The show started at 6pm and was an hour long, the venue was full of Europeans. The show was quite good and there were lots of different types of Lankan Dances (see vid), they also did fire walking at the end.

I came back to the house for around 7.30pm, and had dinner with Dan and Becky. I am going to Sigriya tomorrow, its about 3 hours away and I plan to come back to same day so I need to make an early start. The original plan was to move up to a place called Dambula because it's near to Sigria, but I can't be bothered moving all my stuff and I like it here in Kandy, the Pink House is a great place to stay.
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