Here we go
Trip Start Feb 15, 2006
164Trip End Feb 16, 2007
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Next stop is Anuradhapura; The Ancient City. We stop once to pee at the side of the road (I am no longer embarrassed by this - when you gotta go you gotta go!), buy pop and biscuits as we won't be stopping for lunch. Our car is AC and the heat hits with force as soon as the door or window is opened. We arrive at the Grand Hotel (don't get all excited it's just a name). We have a half decent cup of coffee and set off sightseeing as we only have one night here.
Can you believe we survived the whole of India without a single car crash? We had a few near misses that's for sure. Yet here we are on our second day in Sri Lanka, the roads not too busy and our driver has to slam on the breaks at a round about cause a bloody tuk tuk pulls out and hits the rear left side. Of course there is no damage to the car but the tuk tuk will probably break into a 1000 pieces further down the road! So that will be one less to worry about.
We buy our Cultural Triangle tickets (it's the cheapest option if you are taking in all the major sites) and head off to look at lots of ruins the last one being a 2500 year old tree. Security is tight, I have no idea why but the tree is situated in the middle of a Buddhist temple and we are forced to take flowers (seriously they do not take no for an answer but its only 100rs although the guy did ask for one English Mark!). The sun is setting now and we are not sure where we have just been or why we've been there. There were no other tourists around but the locals were happy to have us here. As we walk back to the car giant bats are flying above our heads and it's not even dark yet.
We spend the evening playing black jack at our hotel as there is nothing else to do while the staff prepare for a big wedding tomorrow which will kick off at 7am.
To be continued. . . . .