The next couple of days were spent in Colombo doing Barefoot (natch!) and Crescat. Not too exciting but definitely a nice intro to life here. I planned things out almost to the minute and it was lovely to have someone so pliant and agreeable (unlike the rest of the characters in my life!). Thursday morning we headed out to Kandy by train. (Yes, I know "liquor is quicker"*)
|Visiting Kandy on a Poya Day.|
|Who doesn't like popsicles?|
|Some pink floss stuff!?|
I also saw a vendor selling something I hadn't seen before. I know that these peddlars are vanishing and I was keen to try and get some shots. This was the second man I saw selling this pink floss out of rolled newspaper cones. Being too much of a chickenshit, I didn't buy any but I was really intrigued by it. It seemed like some "olde timey candy" that held lots of memories for the adults and just a sugar rush for the kids.
|Gorgeous school girls Kandy.|
|A view of the Queen's bath house|
The next day was our drive up to Sigiriya. We passed through Matale and of course had to stop at the Hindu Temple there. Even though I had seen it only ~2 months ago, the intense sun had faded the colours. However there was still this lovely Ganesh to ponder.
I loved the vibrancy of the life around the temple as well. Laundry day always intrigues me and I love the way this was backlit. Trying to be arty-farty and get a decent shot is hard!
Eventually, we made it to Sigiriya just in time to climb it during the force of the mid-day sun. How is that for planning? It was amazing! I am so glad I did it. It wasn't a hard climb and the vistas were stunning. I was a little concerned about the possibility of a wasp attack but fortunately C didn't tell me about the swarm she saw until we were on top. Lemme tellya my descent was rapid and gingerly done after hearing that!. There were 2 of the sweetest girls skipping up the mountain who wanted to chat, so I engaged them and got this great photo.
|Could they be any cuter??!!|
|Coming through town to the river.|
|Tried to capture what they may have looked like in the wild.|
However I think my inner old lady took over for our next stop. We went to the Botanic Garden at Peridenya and I loved it!! Argh! I am so my father's daughter!
|Gratuitous art shot!|
|Encapsulates how I feel about the south coast.|
|Galle is always so welcoming!|
|No, that's not a worm but a window hook in front of his head.|
The ocean was magnificent! There were gentle waves and nary a rock on the bottom. For so long, I have needed the ocean to cleanse my spirit and this went a looong way! Our drive back was pretty mellow and uneventful (thank goodness!). So we spent the last day being ladies who lunched and then went for foot rubs and then, just like that, she was gone!