Goodbye Sri Lanka
To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.
We carved our way through the congested streets of Colombo, suicidal tuk tuks and crazy moped riders all trying to get somewhere. Our drive to the airport should have taken around 45 minutes, instead it took 1.5 hours.
We arrived at the airport; very differently from other places; you are scanned as you go in and then your luggage is once again scanned before checking in! We dropped our luggage off via emigration where we had our passports stamped and then headed for our departures lounge. Colombo airport is a little antiquated but very passenger friendly and easy to navigate your way around. There is also plenty of friendly people around to ask for help.
We boarded about an hour before take off and took off some 20 minutes ahead of schedule which was good as we were not due to arrive in Doha until midnight.
Immigration in Doha was pretty quick and Jamaal was waiting for us to take us home.
It was a lovely trip and we totally fell in love with Sri Lanka and its people. It’s a fun and beautiful country with many lovely people. We cannot wait to go back and spend more time there. We would love to visit the girls we took photos of in Waduwa as we were unable to print the photos and give them to them, I am sure they would love that.
If you are interested in visiting Sri Lanka all I can say is YES, do it, I am sure you won’t be disappointed.
- We booked our hotels via www.booking.com
- Check which coast has the better weather for when you plan to travel (East or West)
- Try and familiarise yourself with prices and exchange rates
- Agree on a price before any trips (Tuk Tuks and guides etc)
- Negotiate, Negotiate and Negotiate
- Take mosquito spray and antihistamines as mosquitoes are pretty vicious
- Change money before traveling as local exchange rates are not great
- Driving and driving standards are very different to what you may be used to.
- Paying with credit cards can sometimes be an issue, ask before hand
- Many if not most prices are quoted in US Dollars but local currency is Sri Lankan Rupee
- If planning to use a train beware that they are usually packed.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our trip, it was fun, exciting and interesting. We have learnt a lot about a country we knew virtually nothing about. We cannot wait to go back again. I can honestly and wholeheartedly say I love this place!!
Now it’s back to reality for us in Qatar, on Tuesday it’s National Sports day and on Friday we are off camping with friends. We are trying to make the most of the cool weather by spending as much time outdoors and enjoying the super mild winter in the Middle East.