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February 12, 2012

From the furnace to the freezer

by backpackingbongos

The contrast could not be greater.  Yesterday afternoon we were watching the sun set from the scruffy Negombo beach, just north of Colombo.  There was a riot of colour both from the deep red disc reflecting off the sea and the locals enjoying the weekend at the seaside.  The hot and humid air filled with the sound of laughter, waves breaking against the beach and the ever-present honking of horns from the maniac bus drivers.

Forward wind twenty four hours and we were sitting on the Heathrow Express watching a cold monochrome world speed by.  Old dirty snow lay on grey concrete, walls covered in an endless line of graffiti.  The hot humid air almost a distant memory with the freezing air biting into our bones.  The sound of laughter replaced by silence and the avoidance of eye contact on the tube across London.

It’s always good to be home.

A fantastic couple of weeks in Sri Lanka.  I will do a write-up soon.  In the meantime here are a trio of brief video clips giving a taste of the sights and sounds of the country.

For short journeys the easiest way to get around is by auto-rickshaw, often a bit of a white knuckle ride!  Thankfully the traffic in the city of Galle is pretty tame.

One of my favourite spots of the whole trip.  The beach is cut off from the mainland by a mangrove fringed lagoon and only accessible by boat or footbridge.  A real tropical paradise.

Negombo beach is most definitely not a tropical paradise with its rubbish strewn beach and polluted sea.  However its only a few miles from the airport so a great place to spend the last night soaking up a bit of local atmosphere.