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Tuesday, April 12th, 2022 – Battaciloa

18 Bend Road, thunderstorm, petrol stopThe fun starts today. We get all the fuel and gear loaded and head out of the hotel into the morning Kandy rush hour traffic. Frankly, I think that Kandy has a round the clock rush hour but I’m just guessing there.

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Monday, April 11th, 2022 – Kandy

It’s bright sunny day and the trip today is fairly short. Some breakfast with tea. and we’re off to an elephant sanctuary to wash and feed some elephants. The area is only a few kilometers down the road. There’s already decent traffic on the road and across the road from our hotel is another sanctuary […]

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The Highway Code of Sri Lanka

Traveling in Sri Lanka is an almost hallucinatory potion of sound, spectacle and experience. It is frequently heart-rending, sometimes hilarious, mostly exhilarating, always unforgettable and, when you are on the roads, extremely dangerous. Most Sri Lankan road users observe a version of the Highway Code based on an ancient text. These 12 rules of the […]

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Sunday, April 10th, 2022 – Pinnawala

Saturday night ends with a rice dinner with rotti and beer on the beach in the dark. The fried rice is quite good and the rotti, a kind of egg pancake, is surprisingly good. The night, however, is just up and down.  The room ends up too cold and I can’t find the remote for […]

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Saturday, April 9th, 2022 – Negombo

Bag issue somewhat sorted, out of baggage claim to exchange money and buy sim’s for the phone. The currency exchange is the usual, two dollar notes in, hand in passport, illegible scribbling on some receipt, count the 2 dollar notes two times, no three times, and a fourth time just to make sure there hasn’t […]

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Friday, April 7th, 2022 – Fort Mill

A front came through overnight and kept the dog up from about 2 AM til 4 AM. The poor guy just can’t handle the thunder and with his enormous ears near thunder that is too faint for us humans. Out of a dead sleep he’ll start shaking. Needless to say, no one sleeps until he […]

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Thursday, April 7th, 2022 – Fort Mill (still)

After the WTF reaction, the next question is, “What’s a tuktuk?” That’s usually followed by, “Why Sri Lanka?” First the simple question: a tuktuk is a small, 3-wheeled vehicle found all over the world that is basically a motorcycle with 3 wheels. There is a small cab in front for the driver and a small […]

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Sri Lanka 2022

Wednesday, April 6th, 2022 – Fort Mill Here we go again. Now that the pandemic has finally broken it’s grip (or, more likely, we given up on isolation), a new adventure is about to start. This time, it’s off to Sri Lanka for a tuk-tuk trip with my lunatic Brit friends, Clemo, Pinky, Paul F, […]

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