The Only Way Is Up

Trip Start Mar 22, 2012
Trip End Mar 26, 2012

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Where I stayed
Sri Pada Temple
What I did
Citadel of Sigiriya - Lion Rock
Read my review - 5/5 stars
Adam's Peak
Kandy City
Arunalu Spice and Herbal Garden

Flag of Sri Lanka  , Sabaragamuwa,
Friday, March 23, 2012

I seriously have no idea how to begin this blog. The memories i have in mind is beautiful... I just can't put it into words without seeming bland and tasteless. :( Let me try.

 8.40 am: We were leaving Wadula Hotel. We had toasts-butter-jam-fruits-tea breakfast, included in the price of the hotel. Argh. Don't remind me about the hotel. I hate that they made excuses to charge 1 pax more just because "Germans could afford it". Angryface.

9.20 am: We reached Citadel of Sigiriya - Lion rock. The admission cost Rs.3,600 (US$30). Very pricey, but we just had to be up there. I'm not so much of History kind of person, so to be honest, I don't really give a da** about which King was there, and so on. But, when you're there, you can feel the special aura of the ancient history. Mareike and I took our own sweet time to discover the ramparts, and then slowly climbed up the Lion rock. The sun was beginning to kill us, but equipped with half of 1L of water, we made it through. The view at the top was breathtaking, if not slightly blinding by the scorching heat. I love the part where I got to see the local students. I really like their smiles. *heart melts* As we exit, there were a few souvenir shops. How I wished I had the liberty to spend. Tips: If you don't plan to go to other tourist attractions, do think about getting some souvenirs from the stalls, because for us, that was the last souvenir shop we came across before the last day in Negombo. :/

1.20 pm: Recommended by Mr. Kalan, we stopped by Arunalu Spice and Herbal Garden. I was actually looking forward to be awed by acres of spices, but in reality it was just a marketing tactic to promote Sri Lankan Ayurvedic method of wellbeing, which is fine, of course (I was from Rahsia Herbal/Asian Secrets, remember? :)) I end up buying "Kesakalyani" natural herbal hair tonic. I couldn't believe it when they priced it at Rs. 4,800! (RM120) Gila??!! Most herbal stuff in Malaysia cost less than RM30, max. Long story short, I gave a Singhala man the pleasure to massage my calves and neck and arms... and it felt awkward. 2 girls 2 men in a hut in a jungle? o_0 At some point I could feel the slightest hint of quivering. :S errr, that was, awkward.

4 pm: We reached Kandy City! It totally looked like India, in a way. I was a little cranky because I was hungry. My eyes were killing me! (Starting from the herbal garden) The contact lens have (probably) expired and my tear duct was producing pus-like substance that probably produced foul odour only known to small flies, who kept crowding my eyes like there were some sort of candies. We bought our first Sri Lankan meal and ate it with our hands under a tree by the river (which was blocked by a wall so I could only see my styrofoam takeaway and nothing else). It was not a glamorous sight. Me: One hand scooping rice gluttonously into my mouth, another hand incessantly fanning my eyes. But I had no complaints. Shit happens, you know.

The drive to Adam's peak was TI-YUH-RING!!! Cheyy. Like as if i was the one driving. -_-"

8.40 pm: Finally we've reached the Hatton Road base of Adam's Peak!!! I was relaxed, didn't really know what to expect for the 2,243 m / 7,359 feet hike. We packed the necessary stuff and used the bathroom. At 9.07 pm we started our journey from the Green House. I am not so much of a talker, you know me right? So I was happy to just listen to Mareike's stories. 

 Along the way, of course, the friendly locals casually said hi and smiled, but at most tragic times, laughed at us. What's so funny? Hmph! I was nonchalant with that. But I couldn't accept it when there were 2 young men - slightly tipsy and all - started to harass us and disturbed our peaceful pilgrimage. One even shamelessly put his hand across my shoulder. Boy, thank God I didn't have my Kung Fu ring on. It got to a point where we had to be rude to shoo them away. (I'm so sorry!) I didn't take this "experience" seriously. My partner kind of did. It's bound to happen anyways. We were the only females foreigners there at that time. 

 On the bright side, although it was strenuous climbing up 4 miles of irregular steps, I was SO happy. Believe me. On the final 1000 steps there were railings for you to pull yourself up. I looked up the sky and I just stopped breathing... the countless sparkling stars, hemmed with tree foliage dimly lit by the fluorescent light... trust me when I say it was the most beautiful midnight sky I've ever witnessed (pardon my lack of outdoor experiences). One thing lacking was a bright full moon. :(

 At 1 am we were almost close to the top and I was chanting together with a family "Apey Wadinde", and making small talks with a friendly local boy. Gosh, I truly love the nature of the people here... You have no idea. They're different from the people anywhere I've visited. With just a few more steps to the peak - both of us panting hard and sweating like fuck - it was a moment of personal breakthrough. A true pilgrimage indeed.

1.30 am: We were finally at Sri Pada temple! There were no tourists yet. Just us two amongst the sleepy locals. Nestled at one corner, shivering LIKE HELL, we waited patiently for the magical sunrise. The old me - the one with OCD - wouldn't have slept on the stone cold floor. But I did, resting my bloodshot pontianak eyes for close to 2 hours. :) I was awaken suddenly at 4+ am when I felt someone kept nudging my butt. At first, I let it be. But after a while it felt like a butt-grazing workout session. I woke up, only to see two giggling boys - obviously one seemed happier to share some warmth with my ass. -_-" 
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