We arranged a tuk tuk down into Galle town. Galle was built by the Dutch in 1663, and was the main port for Sri Lanka for over 200 years
. Again, it is a very different Sri Lanka to what we have previously seen. The town is made up of lots of narrow cobbled streets, and is full of small craft shops and gelato stands, which makes it feel like you have wandered into a European city by mistake. After a couple of hours wandering the streets, dipping our toes into the Indian Ocean and purchasing some more souvenirs (I now have a lovely elephant necklace to go with my trousers!), it was time to head back to the hotel for a pre-dinner swim. Dinner was an odd affair, since we are the only people here, there is just one man who appears to be working here as chef, waiter, washer upper and general dogs body. It's quite disconcerting having one person watch you throughout your meal! Also, the waiter and the manager decided that Matthew and I really wanted them to play MTV on the large projector TV whilst we were eating dinner! Halfway though dinner, the rain came (just as we were getting used to being warm and dry), only this time it is accompanied by thunder and lighting. We have also just had our first power cut (thanks mum for the credit card torch!), so I am going to finish here, before we lose the Internet connection again!
Only one more day here in Sri Lanka, and again most of it will be traveling, but hopefully we will also get a bit of beach time as well.
Laura and Matthew x
After our well deserved lie in, we headed in our taxi to the fort town of Galle. This was the only destination that we hadn't pre-booked, because we were unsure exactly what we were going to do about transport on our last few days, and so weren't sure where we wanted to be. We have booked ourself into a hotel called the Fort Edge Resort, and on arrival we were shown into the largest hotel suite I have ever been in. We have a massive room, with a kitchen, massive ensuite bathroom, and a large private balcony. The hotel was only opened last December, and they are still finishing some of the small chalets around the pool. We are the only guests staying here tonight, so we were upgraded to the suite! There is a massive open space in our room,which we think would be the perfect size for a sofa and armchairs, but they just don't seem to have gotten round to buying them yet!