Sweet Cinnamon

Trip Start Nov 08, 2012
Trip End Dec 10, 2012

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Sweet Cinnamon

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Back to Kandy and Sweet Cinnamon, a wonderful B&B close into the city but in a jungle valley that is quiet and lush. We opted for a larger room this time in the main house. Sweet Cinnamon is great little ten room place run by Priyan Herath who lived in the US for 12 years and his lovely wife, Chamoni. This has my best-place-yet vote. It's immaculately clean, has delicious western breakfasts and a friendly and very helpful staff. Priyan showed us photos of the property two years ago as he has gutted and refurbished the whole compound. We became attached to them and hope to meet them again someday. If you come to SL you must stay with them!
It has rained every afternoon and all evening since our return but the mornings are clear and sunny. Yesterday, late afternoon, the rain became a deluge with thunder and lightening and power outages. About dusk we were bombarded with hundreds of these nasty insects I thought they were some kind of moth, but Pryiyan told us they were flying termites that get disturbed out of their mounds every time it rains. Yuck. The storm zapped the Internet router and I thought for sure we would be without power for some time but no, things were up and running in an an hour. I've never seen such rain!

We've walked the Botanical Gardens, which were begun in 1371 by one of the early kings. Some of the trees were positively gigantic; the park was a beautiful array of exotic trees and flowers and....in one section there were huge fruit bats with wing spans of approximately 18 inches flying and hanging from a couple of the trees near the path. The non-blood sucking type so not interested in us.
We've done some shopping and I admit to a short affair ... with a blue Sapphire. He encased my finger and whispered sweet nothings to me for a fifteen minutes before I regained my senses. Every other shop here is a jewelry shop all willing to give you certificates of authenticity as it is well known that many stones are fakes. How would you know? We've visited the local market and had tea at the Queens Hotel. There are many brands of clothing made here in Sri Lanka (Cherokee, Eddie Bauer, etc.) and the main mall in town you can find overruns or whatever, some with the tags removed, at very slow prices. Here my resistance failed me. Enuf said. Yes, I did some Christmas shopping and consequently had to buy a bigger piece of luggage. Shame.
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Barb Damgaard on

I feel your SHAME! ha-ha. Good for you! A little extra luggage never hurt anyone! Love ya! We'll go over it all when you get home! Cabo is beautiful, hot, and we haven't been robbed yet!! ha-ha! B.

Amy on

What? No blue saphire? I like how you flirted with him though. Why not!!!
We are back from Eastern Oregon today, I'm at work, trying to remember where I put my work brain. It's raining here too (duh) but I like the sound of your REAL rain - DELUGE! What a great word! But, no to the flying termites. Keep em coming!

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