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9th DAY

Polonnaruwa-Batticaloa (train)

rain 21 °C

9th Day:12.12.2009

It was raining again. We were tired of rain and decided to go on east coast with train. It was Saturday and I was running out of cash. Went to internet shop to transfer money to debet card. I didnt know by that time, that money is going to be visible on my account on Monday. Because we went out of Rupies, I went to exchange money in the bank. Long procedure, but worth it. They closed after 1 hour and I was lucky that I made the currency exchange.
We said goodbye to cloi who was staying in Polonnaruwa and went for sigthseen tour. We reather passed, because we had enough of guides and all the stress. After you see two big buda statues it is enough. All looks the same. It is as you would be visiting churches in christian country.
Railway station is 5 km from centre. We cycled twice to railwaystatio and back. First without bags to check when train is leaving and after 1 hour again. Of course we were again all wet from the rain. Railway station is something special, also the ride on the train. funny was, that we payed for person 4 times less than for bicycle.
They are using 50 years old english train. Each day there is only 1 train so the trains are full. We were standing all the way. We had a chance to see what damage Tsunami caused 5 years ago. Many houses are still 1 meter bellow the water. When we arrived in Batticola I checked again on ATM if money is already visible, but it was not. In this moment Stephan austrian cyclist aproached. He went with bicycle in April 2009 from Graz (Austria) trough Greece, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan and India and cycled over 10.000 km already. This was his final destination and he wanted to stay another 3 weeks in orphange camp. I explained our financial situation and asked him to borrow me 50 eur which I will return to him. He promised, that he will give money to me next day to me.This was really nice of him and we were saved!!Stephan cycled this day 115 km and was also searching for accomodation. We shared a room in China cottages, 1 of 3 guesthouses in this town. We had a problems with getting dinner. It was national championship in cricket between Sri Lanka and India and nobody wanted to work while match was on. After 1,5 hours our food was ready and we eated as wolf.We were all starving. After dinner we had few beers and went to bed. Guesthouse is in real bad conditions. It is also plenty of mosquitos arround here. There were only 2 nets in the room, but Stephan had his own net so we had peacful night save from mosquitos.

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Posted by Mitja 10:46 Archived in Sri Lanka Tagged automotive

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