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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The Kandy Konnection

A few segments of papaya fruit for breakie and we were hurtling along to Fort, the central district in Colombo, to visit the Kandy man. After a wee chat with Linton and briefly dropping into an internet cafe, which appeared to be run on-the-side in an office by some workers while their boss was away (complete with ongoing electronics soldering beside you!), we were on our way to Kandyland.

Kandy is Sri Lanka's second largest modern city and in historical times was a stronghold of Sinhalese culture and, for a time, was the country's capital. The city lies in the heart of the 'Hill Country' and remained largely inaccessible until the British completed construction of a railway line linking the city with Colombo in 1867. Kandy's most treasured building is probably the Temple of the Tooth which houses the legendary Buddha's Tooth, believed to be an orignal tooth retrieved from the ashes of the cremated body of the Buddha himself.

As luck would have it we managed to get a spot in Willy Wonka's Amazing Glass Elevator, otherwise known as the Observation Carriage. This is the trailing carriage of the train with the back facing wall being more or less completely made of glass. As the seats are all arranged in this direction we were able to spend the entire journey gazing through the window at the spectacular jungle-esque landscape sailing by.

We hurtled by everything from trackside homes to small signs reading 'Danger Weak Sleepers - Max 15 kmph'. The only thing missing was Jeff Goldblum muttering something about dinosaurs and frogs.

3 Comments:

  • Hi you guys,
    Had a great read of your blog pages -- excellent stuff. If we ever get to Sri Lanka, we won't need a travel guide, your trip so far seems to be great, you seem to be really enjoying yourselves. Glad to see Myra got her elephant fix, as last time we saw her, she was in bad need of one!! Delighted to see all is going so well and you are surviving the local transport system. Look forward to next episode. Take care, talk to you soon.

    By Blogger fennellfamily, at 4:16 p.m.  

  • Hey you guys! Glad to see that you're having such a fab time and bonding with the wild life! have you made your exchange yet ?

    By Anonymous Bex, at 1:52 p.m.  

  • hi graham/ myra

    glad to hear you guys are having a good time, sound like a totally crazy still of living over there. enjoy the travelling and shazmo said she'd email with some cool places to go in thailand

    By Blogger neil, at 9:21 p.m.  

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