Traveling in Style - My Style

Trip Start Oct 19, 2010
Trip End Jan 19, 2011

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Arrived in Sri Lanka after an uneventful but very bumpy flight from KL.  The international airport near the capital of Colombo is actually 30km or so north of the city.  I had no real reason for visiting Colombo proper, so I walked out of the airport & caught a tuk-tuk to the closest beach town.  Negombo is a modest town of 140,000 and would provide a more relaxing first day...and yet still have anything I would need.

And I would need lots of phone and internet.  I've had trouble accessing cash in KL, Singapore and now again in Colombo.  Repeated calls to the bank yielded little results - cash is there & available.  They can see no reason why I continue to get denied.  I've completely run out of USD after changing all I had in Singapore & again on arrival here.  Inexplicably, my card just started working again & was able to withdraw ~$100USD in rupees.  All is well...until the next random time that my card won't work!

I'm finding Sri Lanka very chilled.  I feel like being on my own in a new, smaller place is going to recharge me.  Stayed up chatting with an Ozzie and an Israeli last night - good people.

One thing I'm not liking is the mozzies.  SWARMED hanging out & in my room last night, but the repeated application of 98% DEET did the trick - no bites.  Off to the hill country & Kande tomorrow.  Shouldn't be any mozzies there!
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