A Week of Surprises
So we are into our second week, so far the budget and ourselves are surviving, we have not so far overspent or caused any self inflicted injuries. So far the only casualty has been a lost iphone lead, as it is mine that has gone AWOL Jac has remained calm but stern. (See I'm in the bad books for definition of stern) because apparently Apple don't stock replacement iphone leads in the middle of the Tea plantations .
This week, we have traveled on a sea plane which was the dogs doodahs, traveled in a tuk tuk which on some tight bends would cause the dogs doodahs to disappear up where the sun don't shine. We have been on an amazing train journey that cost us 30p each, I kid you not. We actually spent more on the white knuckle fairground ride getting to the train, and then on consuming tasty snacks sold on the train, than we did on the 4 hour 30p journey to Ella.
But the prize for most unusual travel experience has to go to the 4WD monster safari truck that collected us from the Golf Club, thankfully it was in the early morning so we were not thrown out for bringing down the level of class ...
We had ordered a small car to transport us up to Horton plains which is Sri Lanka's only national park that you can wander freely around. You have to go early so that you can witness the spectacular view from Worlds End a magnificent view of the cliff face and all the tea plantations 900 meters below. After 9 am the clouds roll in and all you will see is white mist. This is not good for it's a long walk through the grass plains and there is no safety railings (as this is Sri Lanka after all) so you could if careless topple off the edge!
Obviously as I am typing this then no toppling occurred, but there was a moment when it could have gone either way with a particularly jumpy lizard.
Things I have learnt:
Always say yes when invited to something as you may end up have an amazing adventure and meet lovely people ... however...Always leave a badminton final before the prize giving has started because if not you will end up with a very numb bum, and having to stand for a long time for the Srilankan national anthem, which for the record is quite a jaunty tune and about ten minutes long.
Monster trucks are fun, but are incredibly bouncy, they should be approached with an empty stomach and no previous back or spinal injuries, if you are suffering from any dog related injuries or have a full belly or bladder then it is best to go floppy and hope for the best :)
Learn to take a deep breath when you pay an entrance fee to any popular tourist spot. As without doubt you will have paid considerably more than the locals, it is to be expected that us affluent ... and in fairness we are, westerners should fork out a little bit extra towards the running / protection of certain things. However to make this more bearable do not look at what the local price is as we did, as it worked out to be 30p, where as we paid £17.76p for the same thing, as this will only make you extremely peed off, and you may spend a great deal of time chunterring (Chunter definition, to grumble or grouse mildly or tediously) about this outlandish rip off scheme. Now we don't mind paying more to improve conservation but there was no evidence of this either just a tired visitor centre and badly stuffed animals with stuck on googly eyes!