When Hornets Attack!
Trip Start May 11, 2005
320Trip End Ongoing
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For some reason I thought there would be a town around Sigiriya (forgot to do my homework again) but instead there were only 3 guest houses smack dab in the middle of a jungle. I had shown up with barely any money thinking I would get more in Sigiriya. The entrance fee was 25 bucks so I had to catch a bus (the next day) at 5 a.m. to the nearest town to get money. DOE! The guest house owners told me not to wander in the jungle at night because wild elephants had killed some tourist a month before!
From the bottom Sigiriya is quite impressive. It looks like a massive rock fortress with the remains of a castle on top. The Sigiriya rock is a hardened magma plug from an extinct and long-eroded volcano. It stands high above the surrounding plain, visible for miles in all directions. Most people think it was a monastery while a few others think it was a fortress.
I got there early and was once again surrounded by hundreds of Sri Lankan school kids on a field trip. I scampered up the the stairs, checked out the historic wall frescos, snapped a picture by the lions paws and worked my way to the top. I was really not that impressed.... yeah it was kinda cool but 25 bucks cool?....am I getting jaded from seeing to many sites? Well at least I checked it out......
After getting to the bottom of the lions paws (which is only 10 percent of the way down) Another huge group of school kids started to climb the stairs. Since it was ragingly hot I decided to take a rest in the shade. One thing that I failed to mention before was the huge wasp nest I saw on the way up. There were even random signs that said to keep quiet so as not to anger the wasp. I had thought this was odd but had paid it no attention. As I was resting in the shade watching the kids ascend the stairs a loud shriek arose from the group. Suddenly hundreds of people were running past me looking into the sky. I thought it was going to rain since it was monsoon season and I had seen people react similarly before. Then I looked at the stairs and saw the entire group of kids throwing themselves down the stairs as fast as possible