We continue to drive along and Troy talks about the street food we had yesterday which was a bag of chickpeas and coconut. He said to Raj he paid 50 rupees and Raj just shook his head and said he would pay 10-15 rupees, so we got ripped off. 50 rupees is less than 40 cents so 10-15 rupees is nothing basically. Well we pay tourist prices what can you do hahaha!
We arrived in Galle, drove past the cricket ground where they play test cricket. We checked out the Galle Fort and the streets of the old town. We got back to our car and Raj was at a restaurant having lunch. We joined him. We chatted and laughed which is great. He was telling us a car is more expensive to buy than a house. Mary had nasi goreng and Troy had Indian lamb curry, all good.
28TH OCTOBER 2012 - (Cont’d) - Our first day with a driver, Raj. The car is a very nice quite new Geely. Its raining and we cruise along and Raj chats. He is a great driver, not some idiot like most. Not long into the trip he asks how is his driving. I said jokingly your terrible and also said he is too sensible and we all laughed. About 1 hr into our trip we heading south towards Galle. We pass through some towns and then some remains of houses that were destroyed from the 2004 Tsunami. It was really sad to see, lots and lots of houses just gone and what is left is just a few walls and foundations. Where there were houses are now just “house/land for sale’ and tombstones and overgrown grass. We asked if there was a memorial around here and he said there was so he stopped at it so we could have a look and take a photo. These poor people would of had no chance of living the ocean was just so close to their houses. Not far from here we saw a great big gorgeous buddha statue that the Japanese built for the Sri Lankans as a memorial for those perished in the 2004 Tsunami