Sri Lanka and Thailand, Mostly
I’m off to attend the wedding of a good friend in Thailand, what better place to be in the middle of winter?
I’ve always had a hankering to see Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, the teardrop island off the southeast coast of India.
So, here I am, though it took almost exactly 24 hours to arrive at my first destination, Amuradhapura.
First it’s 13 hours from DC to Dubai.
Then after a short layover, a four flight straight south to Colombo, the capitol of Sri Lanka.
And finally, a five hour car ride into the interior of the island to Amuradhapura, the countries first, and longest capitol city.
A friend counseled against driving and he was right.
They drive on the left and it’s anything goes with all manner of vehicles passing one another, willy-nilly, devil may care.
Also on advice I hired a car and driver for $50 a day, perhaps the best money I will spend.
As absence of mind would have it, I left my reading glasses on the last flight so we drove into town this afternoon to find replacements.
The first two shops asked my age and said “no glasses” when I revealed the lofty figure. (I had lied in any event.)
The third took pity on me and I am back in business for about $12, case included.
The hotel here, Palm Gardens, is spread over 68 acres and is about as sedate a place as you could find.
Except for the crafty monkeys roving the property ready to cause a bit of trouble if the opportunity arises.
Tomorrow, it’s off to see some ancient Buddhist temples.