I was feeling pretty worn out from the 7 hour ride, but I walked around Ella for a bit after checking into my hostel. I also got a good laugh that Sri Lanka counts Coke as a “medium sugar” item. What counts as “high sugar”?
Also, Sri Lanka has some of the prettiest money I’ve ever seen.
After a delicious veggie burger and fries for dinner, I went to sleep. I didn’t sleep well, because I kept fearing I’d overslept the morning train (which would leave me in a REALLY BAD position). By the time my alarm actually did go off, I’d been awake for a while. I showered, got to the train station, and lined up for the first class car. I decided to splurge (which means $11), because the windows are bigger, and I thought I’d get some great views for the ride all the way back to Colombo, plus I wouldn’t have to fight for a seat. It was worth it.
Hilariously, the movie showing in 1st class when I got on was Home Alone 2. They played Home Alone 3 next, which should never see the light of day again.
And, yes, the views were incredible from the big windows in 1st class.
The warning signs are also pretty interesting in 1st class.
As we got close to Colombo, the sun went down, and it was really beautiful. I even stood at the door with my head out in the wind for a bit, the way locals ride.
At the train station in Colombo, I met with my Kangaroo Cabs driver and hit the road to the airport. Sri Lanka seems really awesome, and I’ll have to come back to see more of it with a better stomach situation. I checked in and got ready to fly to Hong Kong.
Thanks for the wonderful ice cream and the limited-but-great memories, Sri Lanka!
Next up: Hong Kong-don’t-call-us-China.