Trip Start Nov 02, 2011
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This time when I arrive in Colombo I head to a hostel as it’s a good bit cheaper than the hotel I was in, hopefully I won’t be here too long. I’m pretty exhausted though after my trip and I crash out early, it seems a nice enough place although the girl minding it is a bit of a grouch… oh joy
I managed to find the Indian Embassy after quite a long walk and they were just closing, typical but it does seem like I would need to get another six month visa. I decide to head to Jet Airways office in Colombo to see if my flight can be cancelled or changed before I can anything. This proves to be not quite straightforward as they need to contact Mumbai then get back to me in a few days as I bought my ticket in Kathmandu, meanwhile I start looking at flights from Colombo to Beijing and Air Asia have a flight which goes via Kuala Lampur (where I’ve always dreamed of visiting). So despite everything I think I’ve changed my plans and I’m going to extend my visa in Sri Lanka for another two months and go direct to China, it’s funny once you’ve made a decision everything seems to fall into place.
I met a lovely young guy Reza at the hostel, he’s from Iran (although brought up in Sweden) and before I know it we’ve headed off down the beach together where he heads off swimming, I love his spirit and sense of fun, and we enjoy each other’s company for a few days travelling together
I try to show him where the Indian Embassy is and we both get photographs done for our different visas, and take in some of the sights in Colombo. We come across an area where all the locals are swimming and enjoying flying kites or cricket after work, it’s a big park area next to the sea and we walk along the prom onto the pier. Oddly enough on the pier I meet Raju, an Indian guy who was working in Tangalle and staying at the same hotel as me… what are the chances? We spend a bit of time with him and his friends talking and playing cricket before heading on, I’ll probably bump into him again somewhere. On the way out of the park Reza is stopped by a man with a tiny monkey and a snake charmer with his cobra… I’ve seen these guys in action before in Varanasi and they either want you to take pictures with the monkey, or watch the snake charmer with his cobra then charge you a fee. The sight of the cobra freaks me out so I don’t hang around too long and it takes Reza a few minutes to get away, the cobra just scare me!
Next day I go to the Chinese Embassy for advice, although I’ve most things in place she advises me to wait until August to apply and gives me a list of things I need
I enjoy being near the beach and I know some of the locals now from wandering, one man shows me what he's having for lunch which doesn't appear to be anything I've seen before but he assures me it tasts like shrimps. I love all the fishing here, the different types, by hand or pole, net or boat, and different catches and needless to say I try my hand at most! I'm enjoying Sri Lanka, and glad I have decided to stay on here until mid August.