November, 2012 Colombo, Sri Lanka
As soon as I arrived in the airport in Colombo, surprisingly found out that I forgot my credit card in the gift shop in England, right before I flew out. Apparently those Christmas deers were way to adorable for me to pay any attention to my credit card. And all my other bank cards were in a separate wallet checked with the luggage. Bad idea.
I quickly reached to my pocket and took out about £30 left cash left, paid the entry fee £20 and had roughly £10 left. Looks like my day in Colombo is going to be more adventurous than usual.
The up side was I contacted a couch surfing host who was expecting me, at least I would not be wandering around the street until the next morning alone. Since I didn’t have any money, I had to take a bus. Outside of the airport where I navigated myself to take the bus was chaotic and a little overwhelming, I was the only foreigner who was on the bus, almost. The environment in Colombo was a little different than what I used to, in comparison to all the other countries I have visited. I was a tiny bit nervous on the bus, finding two more foreigners sitting in the front was definitely more comforting. I fell asleep not long after the bus took off.
The bus was moving slowly when I woke up, I fell back to sleep. When I woke up again, it was stuck in traffic, so went back to sleep. Woke up again, still moving very slow, back to sleep. Woke up, back to sleep, woke up again, and back to sleep again. It was taking FOR EVER. At a time when I woke up again, there was a beautiful sunset ahead of us, and was hoping maybe I could at least catch a nice sunset stroll in the city. Or not. When I woke up again, it was already dark, I literally just spent the ENTIRE afternoon in the bus, basically my day in colombo was gone.
In a life time, we eventually arrived in our destination, got of the bus. It was even more chaotic than before, everyone seem to come up to me for something. I ignored and ignored, until the two foreigners came to me and asked if I would like to share a ride with them to the hotel. That sounds like a good deal, my less than £10 should be enough to take me to a place where my host can find me. I went to with them and told them what happened to my lovely trip, not only they did not take any money from me for the ride, but also offered to lend me some money. I could find the way to pay them back later. I just couldn’t accept taking money from such strangers, lovely strangers, but I was deeply touched. They were from Germany. I don’t remember their names, but they were the reasons I believe in human.
The German left, I waited in the hotel lobby. My host did not come pick me up, instead, he sent over a driver, a private driver. Another surprise. He told me there’s a private film screening he’s obligated to attend tonight and I could come along if I do not mind. ABSOLUTELY NOT! This is exactly why I love adventures – not having a clue of what is going to happen. I could not be more excited.
We arrived in a beautiful garden. Well, I actually could not see a thing because it was dark. But there were candles laid out from the entrance all the way to the temple and every where else, it was so Zen and peaceful. Too bad I was having an awful camera at the time, and the photos really do not do the justice. We toured the exhibition house before moving on to the screening area. There was a monk sitting in front of me. The movie was about a king left his kingdom and started practicing to be a god. It was the most bizarre moving screening I have ever seen. It kept me intrigued at the beginning, but eventually I could not managed to keep my eyes opened. Felt asleep again. How rude I must be. Not being able to understand the language was my excuse I supposed. We grabbed dinner after, I offered my very little money left. He insisted for the hospitality and introduced me to the traditional Sri Lankan cuisine. I was surprised to learn how similar the Sri Lankan cultures is with Indian’s. They both wear the beautiful saris and eat with their hands. The air stewardess from Sri Lankan airline were the sexiest air stewardess I have seen.
My trip in Sri Lanka was short, unpredictable, and I loved it. I left before dawn the next day, with a piece of special memory.