Sri Lanka Day 6

Trip Start Apr 10, 2017
Trip End Apr 22, 2017

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Sri Lanka Day 6

Having no opportunity to ride the train yesterday, we made last ditch effort to ride any train at all. There's a very scenic 45 minutes of train ride, so our guide decided we would try that. However, he just blindly bought the tickets hoping that we would fit on the train. Fit is the key word there. He knew that some people would not want to go though. We got to the train and it was already jam packed of Sri Lankans heading home from the New Year holiday and French tourists trying to do the same thing as us. There was literally no room just like you see in the movies except there was no one riding on the roof. Apparently they don't do that in Sri Lanka. They do however sit in the open doors of the train and let their legs hang out. Anyways, I jumped on the train along with two other people from our group. Everyone else, including my sister who was laid low with a headache, went back to the bus to drive to meet us at the end of our train ride.

Anyways, the seats were full of snoozing Sri Lankans, and the train aisles were full of French tourists, and a Hindu woman who just plopped down on the floor next to me. As I clutched the handrail, we were off, chugging through the verdant countryside. It was a beautiful view, but all of my pictures have the train window frame and a sleeping lady in them because I had to take them with one hand while standing in the aisle of a moving train. That is until the ticket control people came through and made the guys sitting in the door with their dangling feet and the Hindu woman at my feet go back to the third class cars. Finally, I had a little room to move and didn't feel so precarious, like I was going to fall over if the train hit a bump or came to an abrupt stop for an elephant on the tracks. And I was able to hold my phone high enough that I could get some pictures out the open door, which by the way still had quite a few people in it. I don't think there are any elephants left there in the tea plantation area though because the evil British colonial tea plantation owners viewed them as pests and paid people to kill them. One evil British judge (actually he was a good judge, just a bad man) killed over 1,400 elephants in a 3 year period. Damn tea! No wonder I don't like it.

After that, along with the rest of Sri Lanka who wasn't on the train, we also visited the Botanical garden. Seriously, there were more people here than at Kaufman stadium on free bobble head night. I've never been on free bobble head night, but I assume that there's a lot of people there because everyone loves bobble heads just like everyone loves a beautiful rose garden. Once again, thetwinsontour were a star attraction as people ran up to us asking for selfies. Ahh, the universal power of selfies. They were so excited to get a selfie that they tried to take them in any direction regardless of the background, but have no fear! Thetwinsontour made sure to get the roses in the background. Proper picture composition is a must!

Now the best part was when thetwinsontour spotted the most adorable twins in Sri Lanka. We asked their mother if we could take a twin twin picture, and of course she was delighted. However, much like 2 and a half year olds around the world, Misha & Miha did not wish to cooperate. We tried everything, even taking a picture with mom, but one of them has his face hidden in her skirt. But when dealing with twins that age, that's still considered a win.

We gave their mother our business card. (Did you know that thetwinsontour have business cards? It lists our email, blog, and Facebook. Oh, you should know what's coming next. Everyone repeat after me, be sure to like our Facebook page.) Much to our delight, the mom sent us an email asking for me to email the twin twin pictures to her and even included a few pictures of the twins. I think she wants to print our twin twin pictured poster size and hang them in the living room. And also print them into magnets to hang on her beautiful flower patterned refrigerator, which I am sure she has because when faced with purchasing a refrigerator who in their right minds would purchase a plain white one when there is a patterned option available? Who I ask? No sane rational being, that's who! (We should have mentioned the beautiful refrigerator we saw for sale at the Colombo airport. There was a navy one with red flowers, and several other beautiful refrigerator patterns. I wish I had taken a picture, but I was too tired. But who goes to the airport to buy a refrigerator? A neck pillow, KC Royals t-shirt, a keychain, sure, but a refrigerator?) I digress. Where was I? Oh yes, the lovely email from the twins' mum. She even warmly welcomed us to visit her home if we were still in the area! How nice is that? Alas, we have already moved on, but seriously, what an amazingly kind offer that bridges language, nationality, and religion. Despite what the news says, the world is full of amazing and kind people. What a wonderful world we live in! I wish that we could have gone to visit.

And on that happy note I will end day 6.

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Cinthya on

Great to see you are having a great time. What tour company did you use? I am going to an 8 day musical tour of the south that goes to visit Graceland and the Grand Old Opry on September 18th with Gate1.

Happy Travels.


thetwinsontour on

Cinthya, it is great to hear from you! We used Friendly Planet again for Sri Lanka, but I did recently see that Gate 1 now has a similar trip there that is much cheaper.

We actually went to Nashville in February and loved it! It's a place that we would definitely like to go back to. And everyone loves Graceland. I am sure you will enjoy it.

Maybe our paths will pass again on a future trip!

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