Wish You Were Here!
I left UK on Monday the 23rd jan from Heathrowm after a few pints and a chance encounter with none other than Bjork, who was sat opposite me in the Departure lounge. As you can imagine I dearn't go up to her as we all know what happens to the madame in airports if she's not on a good day. Got to Singapore airport at a mear 12 and a half hours later, with sleep deprivation and a severe need to lie down. Stayed there for 4 hours then boarded my flight, bound for Columbo. Arrived in Sril Lanka at 1.30am local time, and by this point I could have slet on an unsespecting Sri Lankan shoulder. Arrived at hotel, which was very nice and staright to sleep. Early wake up the following day, which started with a very descent breakfast, followed by a morning stroll along Mount Lavinya beach. The afternoon was full, with a Tuk Tuk (the picture) sightseeing tour around Columbo. This included, a park walk (victoria Park), a trip to the national museum, the fish market and finally a bhudist temple. The journey was made even more fun with the language capabilites of my driver, with the use of only 3 English phrases; Nice Trip? Very Old! and Look nice hotel! The following day (Thurs) was again an ealry start, with the begining of my grandtour of Sri Lanka. My driver was Pitah, a nice enough guy, and my car even had air con. Started a bit hectic with the hussle and bussle of Columbo centre, but soon transformed into a different universe, passing through the rice fields and countryside of beautiful Sri Lanka. Got to my hotel (in Polonuruwa...central Sri Lanka) a mere 6 hours later, but not before a stop off at some dodgy curry house. Hotel very nice, early to bed, but after a couple of episodes of Only Fools and Horses on the ipod. The next day, the tour of Sril Lanka's ancient cities began, with Polonuruwa, one of Sri Lanka's ancient sites, built between the 8th and 9th century. Visited the museum, which was increible! then went to see the ancient sites themselves. It did rain, but that could not dampen the incredibleness, of such a beautiful place (buddah's carved into cliffs, old palace's and much more). The afternoon involved a road trip to the next hotel, in Sigyria, another of Sri Lanka;s ancient cities. Got to the hotel and had lunch straight away, which was absolutely amazing.........a traditional Sri Lankan curry, comprising of 12 bowls of different types of curry, and popadoms...which words can not describe....and all for the sum of 2 quid. Today (Saturday) was a bit of a dissapointment, waking up to storm rain, therefore cancelling our trip up Sigyria point. instead headed for Kandy (where I am now), with a trip to Dambulla cave, an ancient temple built into a cave from the 7th century (need I say it was amazing). Kandy itself seems amazing, a city built arround a lake, with a world famous palace/temple which holds the tooth of lord Buddah, and many tourists and travellers about. Am visiting the palace this evening followed by a show of Sri Lankan dancers. Tommorow involves a trip to an elephant orphange and the bottanincal gardens. In the next few days I am travelling down through central Sri Lanka, until I get to, what some say is the one and only reason for coming to this fantsic place, The BEACH's! on the 1st of February. Will keep this updated, weekly and hope your all well. RYAN XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX