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Trip Start Jul 30, 2007
Trip End Oct 28, 2007

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Today woke up dreaming of a monkey army for some reason. Must have been the excitement of seeing one yesterday. Anyway. Early start today because we were going to Galle. Driver arrived on time ( a miracle itself in sri lanka) and we headed off. We first went to a beach just past Galle to go out on a glass bottom boat to see some fish and coral. The first and only boat we could see looked like it had been built 30 years ago and not MOT'd since so had slight palpatations. Thankfully a brand spanking new boat came round the corner, and we gleefully bounced on board. The seas here are incredibly rough. Its not like going out on Lake Windemere ot to Rathlin. Its more like a rollar coaster ride. Thankfully got used to it. Saw alot of fish and coral through teh glass bottom, including Mullet for those fish lovers out there. Best part though was when the driver shouted look over there. We saw what looked like a rock heading past the boat. Turns out it was a turtle. (Any child of the 80s who doesn't know the reference of the title of this entry should be ashamed!) They are massive and under water look so graceful. It was heading full pelt for the shore to try and avoid the boats, as they know boats can;t get close to the shore. So they are clever too. Apoloies for there not being any pictures, but the never surfaced and through the glass, pictures didn't come out. You will just have to take my word for it!

Galle itself consists of 2 areas. The new town, and the fort. The fort is magnificent. One of the oldest and best preserved colonial areas. The fort walls protected most of it from the Tsunami when it hit. Walking along the walls, you can imagine what it must have been like in colonial atimes, as with the exception of cars, and touts, the place has not changed much. The new town was much less nice. Found my guitar strings there (hallelujah!) and a football, but it had a modern feel like columbo which i did not particularly like.

On a sad noted, coming along the road in daylight, you were able to see the devastation that the Tsunami caused. There were a few boats far ashore where they could not have gotten normally and much of the coast is desolate. For some reason, and against advice and common sense much of what has been rebuilt, whihc admittably is not much, has been built in exactly the same place, so if it happens again, it is going to have the same effect.
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