A day and a night in Colombo

When we left Sweden we didn’t go straight back to Melbourne. We had a week somewhere on the way. I had no idea where we were going until we were at the airport, at which point Peter pulled out a quiz. I was completely lost. I only managed to squeak out where we were going on the last, easiest level.

Where to you ask? Sri Lanka!

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At the airport we were greeted by one of Peters coworkers. He took us to his parents impressively beautiful place, where we were staying the first night.

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After freshening up and having some breakfast, we headed out to see some of Colombo.

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There were plenty Buddhas everywhere. This one was especially pretty.

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We stopped by a temple where a crow greeted us.

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The temple was on stilts in a lake, and no, that’s not all of it. That’s just one of the small adjoining pavilions.

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More Buddhas! Can you spot the cob web? I saw it just now.

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I found a little friend that didn’t seem to happy about being wet.

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Whilst Peter was photographing more Buddhas.

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Yeah, plenty of them.

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Then off to another temple! This one a bit more colourful, to say the least.

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In the middle of the temple was this great big tree.

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Thirsty dog.

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And a fairly aggressive statue.

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We hopped in the car again and went to get some lunch.

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We parked next to these fancy buildings. But we weren’t going here, we were going across the street.

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Oh no! Not to this place, next to it. This building just looked quite interesting.

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We went to Dutch Hospital. Which used to be a hospital, not anymore. Now there are plenty restaurants in there instead.

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Peter was there, of course.

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I ordered a passion mojito, because it was vacay after all!

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Peter had a Manhattan.

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Then came the food. I only managed to snap blurry pictures of my dish, but Peter’s veggie burger came out all clear.

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And Navin’s pizza.

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Here he is by the way – say hi!

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At this point we had already finished lunch, left the Dutch Hospital and headed to a hotel for some hangout in the pool bar.

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The temperature was perfect and the ambience relaxed.

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They had an interesting cocktail menu.

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And pretty cocktails. This one – a Long Island Ice Tea

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And some other delicious ones which I can’t remember what they were. I guess orange juice and something! Was I right?

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Yeah, I know. Plenty pictures of cocktails. But what can I say? They’re just so gosh darn pretty. This one was an Arrak mojito. Fairly tasty.

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Jump to about 8 hours later. We’ve gone back to the house we were staying at. Peter had a nap and I think I simply surfed on my phone. Then we had drinks on the rooftop terrace with Navin’s family, enjoying the tranquil evening and looking at the star, followed by a delicious home cooked Sri Lankan dinner. After dinner we hopped into a taxi and headed to a rooftop bar. It was really, really dark up there, so my camera didn’t want to perform so well. And this picture of me and Peter is possibly one of the worst ones of us, but I don’t care. I love it anyway. Maybe just because of that.

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As it was a Monday evening, there weren’t many people there. Suited me just fine.

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Then I found the flash. Yay! Navin doesn’t seem too happy about it though.

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A friend of Navin’s, Surash, joined us.

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And at about 2.30am we got too tired, gave up and headed back to the house.

2 comments

  1. Lani

    I love dutch hospital! Where did you eat there? Eric had a pile of ribs that HAD NO BONES IN THEM! They were a large pile of ribs but like 60% more than normal because of the lack of bones and therefore the excess of meat. As you can imagine he was happy in typical Eric overexcitement about meat fashion.

    • Stina

      We ate at this one place? I wouldn’t know, really, was too busy just following people around. It was just across the courtyard in the left hand side of the courtyard. And wait, ribs with NO BONES? That’s plain crazy!

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