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Apr 24, 2016 - Trincomalee

We took a noon bus to Trinco on the east coast. It was a good express ride of 3 hours and we were early enough off the mark to snag decent seats. Along the way I sat next to a friendly young guy in the navy who did his very best to chat me up despite severely limited English (my Sinhala is not great either!). He was a super handsome 26-year old fellow and showed me some pics of his beautiful bride. As with nearly everyone he was texting around with his friends on a meeage app and posting on Facebook on his Samsung Android phone as we rode...

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Feb 26, 2016 - Separate Ways

Yesterday the Barbs and I went into Trinco did a bit of shopping, had dinner then went our separate ways. They went to the train station to go back to Colombo. I went to the bus station to return to the beach at Nilaveli. While I was waiting for the bus, I noticed some Muslim women who had particularly nice rhinestone decorations on their hijab. I asked one if I could take her picture which she agreed to with some giggling. She was with her two sisters and two of their children and asked me to take a picture of the group. We exchanged a...

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Feb 26, 2016 - Final entry Barb M; the threesome apart

What a whirlwind day of travel starting with our overnight train last night. It was actually a pretty comfortable trip and we did get some sleep. When first exploring our "cabin" I opened the bathroom door at the same moment our neighbor opened his. We realized that it was shared and came to an agreement on locking the door when in use. Trying to read on my kindle was frustrating not only due to the bugs that were attracted to the light but the movement of the train over the rails caused the pages to flip forward. I gave up and went to...

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Feb 23, 2016 - Bobbing in the Indian Ocean

Yesterday was a water day. We met Rajeek on the beach at 9 am for a boat trip to Pigeon Island for snorkeling. We slathered on sun screen (ah, except for Peg to her chagrin)and put on the requisite life jackets. After many fits and starts it was good to get going. Nothing like diesel fumes with my morning coffee. The entry charge for the park, for non Sri Lankans, is quite steep, $10.00 for entry and $8.00 for "processing". It's perplexing thinking about what we pay here in Rupees. We have been paying 4,000R per night for a three bed room...

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Feb 22, 2016 - WiFi???? or the search for good connections

Hurray, hurray, hurray!!! I have wifi for the first time in days, so I am dashing this off before the internet gods frown upon us again. For the past few days, every time I ask the hotel clerk if there is wifi available, he just smiles, chuckles and shakes his head, as if such a concept will be long in coming; this under a prominent sign next to him reading "WiFI Hotspot; free for guests!!!"... However, let us just say that it has been a trial getting connected this trip. (I know that many of you have questioned my connectedness for years,...

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Feb 20, 2016 - Back to the Beach

We are on the east coast of Sri Lanka at a beach north of the town of Trincomalee. The area is fairly rural. Every full moon is a holiday (Buddhist) here and this is a full moon weekend. A lot of local people have come in buses, but the hotels are close to empty. None of the local women wear swim suits, we assume for sake of modesty, but they seem to enjoy the beach. The beach tonight is particularly beautiful with the full moon. We have continued to hang out with our Portland friends Kirk and Ann, sharing travel stories. The internet here...

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Apr 14, 2013 - Trincomalee, Galle and Columbo, Sri Lanka

I have combined the 3 stops in Sri Lanka into one update because they have a common theme, the beaches! In Trincomalee and Colombo we spent 90% of our available time at two wonderful 5 star Beach Resorts and toured the island country on our way to the beach! Trincomalee is one of the top 5 natural deep water harbors in the world and home to some of the finest beaches in this part of the world. Trincomalee’s strategic location made it a flash point during the colonial era with constant fighting for control by the Dutch, Portuguese and...

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Aug 12, 2008 - Blog 4!

Hey hey! Wow, well I've got a lot to catch up on - haven't found an internet cafe for ages. In the time since the last blog we've travelled a few 100 kms!!! To finish Saturday - we headed to Galle for the afternoon to watch the cricket. Sri Lanka vs India in a 5 day test match. We were going to pay to go into the stands, but then we saw that the high fort walls were directly looking over the pitch with loads of people sat on them so we headed up there to sit and enjoy all the local people chanting and drumming around us. Dirnking coconut...

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Oct 5, 2004 - The beaches in the northeast

Today was a nice lazy day, mostly sitting on the beach and periodically going into the warm azure water. I tried to teach Sarita how to swim a little but let me tell you, its not easy! She's very nervous about going into the 'deep end' as it were. I dragged her into deeper water; not a good idea, she just clung to me for dear life and whined, poor thing. One day perhaps, I'll include it with world peace as another of my long-term goals. This afternoon Sarita and I walked down the beach and approached a group of Silhanese fishermen pulling...

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