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Colombo: end of trip and the Perahera


After checking out, we took a tuktuk to Weligama train station, where we got train to Colombo. After a nice relaxed (and with no thief) ride, we arrived. The tuktuk stalk madness began, but we got a pick me, which was half the price of what the other ones wanted. The place was kind of hidden, and we found it by asking a guy that's luckily going inside. It turned out he was a spanish guy, a bit strange, but nice. The housekeeper lets us in, gave us some water, and about half an hour later the owner arrived. He organized a taxi for us to the airport next day, gave us tips to go eat and buy souvenirs, and organized a tuktuk so we can go in the evening see the Perahera (what we wanted to do). So we went eating, buy souvenirs, and back in the guest house we pick up the spanish guy. We really didn't have time to see a couple places in Colombo I wanted, but it was ok. We went with the tuktuk to the Perahera in the Kelaniya temple. Impressive: dancers, fire, colors, elephants with LEDs!!! The spanish guy really wanted to leave back soon, before 11, because he had to catch a plane. When we arrived at 7:30, seeing so many people even if it started at 9, I said: "oh, how will be get out?", but he didn't see any problem. Long story short: ended up pretty stressed at 11 calling the guest house to delay his airport transfer, and had to go outside the temple walking with our tuktuk driver to halt another one (since our tuktuk was parked inside the temple and there was no way it could go out). We saw everything till the end and drove back home, where we arrived at 1:30!

Sleep: Mrs Pepperpots

Found a use to the long exposure setting of my phone camera with the fire dancers!
The elephants had LEDs, for real


Our transfer to the airport was way faster than we thought.

The long part came in the airport, where we had to go through 3 small security checks just to check in! Then it was pretty straightforward: emigration, another security check, and get in the plane! 

See you later, Sri Lanka.

Published: 25 February 2018, by susana

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I travelled to Sri Lanka with Alex, and spent December 2017 and January 2018 there. We travelled with our laptops and worked in the afternoon and/or evening, so we had time to see a lot of places, but took it slow.

Entry 20 out of the 20 from this trip

December 2017