Where the civil war ended

Trip Start Sep 30, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Sri Lanka  , North Eastern,
Friday, March 5, 2010

Mike's Entry

We ended travelling from Sigiriya with a German named Axel on some of the roughest most overcrowded buses we have ever been on. Imagine carrying your backpack standing up for over an hour packed together like sardines. Axel got on last and he actually had to travell a while on the bus with his backpack hanging outside the bus while standing on the first step onto the bus. After an hour we found room for our backpacks and after another 2 hours we got seats, great we can go the rest of the way cramped in style. We made it to the bus station in Trincomalee and tried to find a bus the last 6 kms to Uppevelli. We were trying to find out which bus we needed when I happened to ask a couple of fellows which bus to Uppevelli? They point to a bus that was just taking off. I run down the bus with backpack on and get the driver to stop.  I ask the people on the bus Uppevelli? I get the famous head waggle and I interpet it as a yes. Mo and Axel get on and we head off. Half an hour later we start thinking we should have been their by now. The fare collector finally gets to us and asks where are we headed? When we told him Uppevelli he had a very suprised look on his face but he collects 10 Sri Lankan rupiah from each of us. A couple of minutes later the bus stops and a Sri Lankan soldier gets on and he asks us in english where are we headed? When we tell him Uppevelli he laughs and says where headed north to the Tamil area and we should get off here. We get off in the middle of nowhere Sri Lanka and wait at the side of the road hoping a bus wiil show up to take us back to Trincomalee. An hour later a bus shows up packed to the rafters and we squeeze on, barely!  We had to go through an army checkpoint and all the Tamils had to get off to get searched, kind of scary actually. You can tell the Sinalese treat the Tamils as second class citizens and so we know why they were in a Civil war for all those years. We were talking to foreign press photographer and NGO (non goverment organization) workers who told us they couldn't get into Tamil territory but we just have to take the wrong bus and voila Tamil territory. Well two sardine bus rides and we make it to Uppeveli where we had great time with the Italian owners of the hotel we stayed at and Axel and a couple of NGO workers from Canada (Winnepeg). Some things just work out in the end. 

Mo's Entry

Along with the extreme travelling we met some wonderful people and had great food.  Axel, our German friend was travelling on the cheap so encouraged us into the crammed buses.  We shared some wonderful meals with him made by Luca and his wife at the Palm Beach...they just asked us what we wanted and as long as they had dthe ingrediants they made it.  I had some of the best Pesto pasta I've ever had .  We also met a couple of young NGO workers from canada and had a lovely time hearing their stories about rehabilitatiing child and youth soldiers.  Well worth the trip.
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michelle p. on

Hi guys! Glad to hear from you. We are enjoying a sunny spring after an easy winter sans shovels! When do you return? Xoxoxox michelle

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