A formal breakfast in the formal dining room served by formal waiters in formal white gloves. Then we went to the train station. While we were waiting in the really long queue, we chatted with the Israelis that we have seen quite a lot of around Sri Lanka. Although we were near the front of the queue, there were so many people pushing in, we didn't seem to be moving! Eventually, just as the train arrived, we got our 2nd Class tickets and ran onto the train, along with the Israeli family. 2nd class was really full, to overflowing! So we settled ourselves in on the floor in the middle of the isle, sitting on our backpacks. Not the most comfortable, but only about a 3hr trip - or so we thought... About 1.5hrs into the journey, one of the Israeli men came to find us to tell us we were all on the wrong train - we were heading the wrong way!!! How could we all have made the same mistake?
Anyway, we all got off at the next station (Hatton) and decided to hire a driver and a large van to take us all to Ella. So the six Israeli people and the 3 of us piled into a van and took the 4.5hr journey back past Nuwara Ellia to Ella. I made friends with the Israeli girl the same age as me. She was very nice and spoke very good English for her age. She told me she lives on a kibbutz in Israel which I found really interesting.
We stayed in different places in Ella but bumped into each other every day. Ella is a small place.
We stayed at the Dream Cafe Guesthouse, on recommendation, and it was lovely - only opened a couple of months ago so all new stuff. Sammy, the owner, was really friendly. The food was great too.