The old and the new

Trip Start May 21, 2007
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Trip End Jun 05, 2014


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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Today we left at 8a, for Galle. Galle is the fourth largest town in Sri Lanka and is divided into the old town, which is contained within a fort, and the new town.
 
Before exploring Galle, we went a few miles outside to a beach where you can go in a glass bottomed boat to see the coral and fish.  Ronali had told us about this. When we started walking along the beach to find a boat, our immediate thoughts were "Why has Ronali sent us to our death, what have we done to her?!" This was because all we could see was a fishing boat from the early 1900's bobbing up in down in the sea, looking as if it was going to split in 2! We assumed this is what we were going out in! The guide must have noticed the petrified looks on our faces and quickly started saying "no new boat" and pointed a boat sailing towards us-it was a huge relief! After the obstacle of getting into the boat and questioning why there was a hole on the bottom of the boat letting in water (still don't know), we were whisked out into the sea. There was plenty of fish and coral to be seen but the most amazing thing we saw were sea turtles. I'm not exaggerating when I say they were massive! I'm not good with measurements, but their shells were probably the size of 2 computer screens. They just sat on the sea bed minding their own business like big sea monsters.
 
It was then off to Galle, We started in the fort which was full of antique and very expensive jewllery shops.  There was also 2 old churched which are still in use. We the headed for the completely opposite new town which had the usual mix of shops that Sri Lanka had to offer. We got our guitar strings (all 3 sets of them) so it's now all ready for the club over the weekend.
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