Train and rain!

Trip Start Dec 29, 2010
Trip End Dec 05, 2011

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

We took the train from Kandy to Hatton, which is high in the mountains where many of the tea plantations in Sri Lanka are located.  The train ride was really fun, and gave us a great taste for how beautiful the countryside is.  And many of the stations still look like they must have done when the British ruled Sri Lanka:  signal boxes still house the many levers used to change the tracks, and the signals are still the old red and white ones of old.  The railway looks straight out of a children's train set.  The train itself looked a bit decrepid but was fun in that all the foreigners tend to occupy the last carriage which has a large back window to provide maximum views. 

Since we resumed our travels on September 1st we have had 11.5 weeks of permanent sunshine, blue skies every day and hardly a cloud in the sky. This has come to an abrupt end on entering Sri Lanka.  The rains, that we were long due, have finally caught up with us. Sri Lanka's second monsoon has delayed itself especially for our arrival!

Thankfully our hotel near Hatton - at 1,300m above sea level - has a wonderful log fire, so we are embracing the rain and cold and acclimatising, preparing ourselves for our return to the English winter. All a bit of a surprise to us given we are only a few degrees north of the equator.

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