Big unfriendly barracaded city

Trip Start Oct 03, 2009
Trip End Feb 28, 2010

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Getting from the airport by public transport was a challenge and once you arrive in the city you are faced with a mass of people and lots of army/police. Several parts of the city are off limits and the locals are randomly stopped and asked for their identity cards. 

However, the buildings are nice and must have looked stunning in their day. Now they are derelict and very rundown. The YMCA was such a building. It has the appearance of a gentleman's club and inside there it had a snooker room, a barber's shop a restaurant a library etc etc. There was an area for members to sit and watch the world go by. Next door is the Ex Servicemens club and  I got beer and snacks with waiter service. 

I arrived in this country with no information about it and the tourist office gave me some bits and pieces of information to get started.The plan was to head north and I  got the train for Kandy. No first class seats, but 2nd class was fine except that the seats were hard and no ventilation except the open windows. On thing though, I found that the trains I took in Sri Lanka left on time and arrived puncutally as well. But they were painfully slow. 

The scenery changed as we left the plains and climbed higher it also became much cooler. It was refreshing to arrive in Kandy and not see so much security. In the centre of it ws a lake and surrounded by hills into which were built some nice properties. Once again I headed for the YMCA because that clearly provides good value for money. The most important feature of Kandy is the Temple of the Tooth and that's where I will be headed.   
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