Trip Start Jul 02, 2008
Trip End Jun 19, 2009

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Aayu bowan (Sinhala for hello),

From the south coast I took the bus north into the hill country.  It was a beautiful ride through lush forests and instead of seeing cows in the streets like in India, here in Sri Lanka you see monkeys playing!  So much nicer, don't you think?

Ella has a nice cool climate with incredible views through the valley.  The first afternoon after I arrived I took a short hike, about 3 km, to Little Adam's Peak.  The real Adam's Peak you'll hear about in a later blog entry.  It was a nice hike through the small town and through a tea plantation with beautiful views as a reward.  

The next day I walked down the mountain about 6 km to Rawana Ella Falls.  Not the most impressive waterfall I've ever seen, but the walk was nice.  Oh, and I took the bus back up the mountain to town.

Today I took the train to Nuwara Eliya.  The train system isn't as developed as it is in India, there are only three train lines for the entire country, and you don't buy tickets in advance.  You purchase your ticket about 30 minutes before the train arrives and rush to find a seat because it's all general seating. 

So I think this was the most antique looking train I've ever been on, but what incredible views.  Probably the best train ride I've ever taken in my life.  Here are a few pics from the ride...

I forgot to take a pic of the drunk that was hanging around, and drinking of course, by the open doors between my train carriage and the next one.  He offered me some of whatever he was drinking, but surprisingly I turned it down.  There was no label on the bottle...I like to know what I'm drinking :)  At one point he passed out and I had to pull him towards the center of the carriage because I thought he was going to fall out of the moving train.

Sri Lanka continues to be an extremely friendly and welcoming place.  Most people smile and say "hello" as you pass them, and most people I've met, or even asked a quick question to, have spoken English very well.  The food is very similar to Indian food which, although sometimes I need a break from it, is my favorite food.  One thing that's different so far is that in the mornings they eat hoppers.  These are bowl shaped crepes or pancakes made out of rice flour.  You can eat it plain, with butter and jam, or roll it up with a fried egg.  And I had the most amazing eggplant (called aubergine) dish the other night.  YUM!!!

For those of you who still partake in the ritual, tell me what you're dressing up as for Halloween.  I've always loved this holiday and the costume parties that went along with it. 

I hope you are well.

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Ella Holiday Inn
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riverblue on

Let Obama be the President...

i too like Mr Obama has to be the next president....of US.

Nice pictures...

wen u back India?

take care

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