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2 And 2 Is 9

090812_lanka0137.jpgI gotta learn my lesson! Arriving in Amablangoda where I wanted to meet the family I got to know on the plane to Sri Lanka I had an argument with the personnel collecting the tickets. He did not get that I missed the station in Bentota and was talking to me, that Ambalangoda is not Bentota, which I knew, of course! So there were some friendly locals translating. And here is the beginning of the disaster. They brought me to the hotel where I wanted to go but it was to expensive so I decided to have a look at their recommendation. And then one thing followed the other. They offered me a tour guiding me which was absolute ok, because they wanted to show me the things I wanted to see anyway for a reasonable price. But on out trip loads of people were involved like showing me some bullshit like an ape which I could photograph and so on. And of course they wanted to entertain and have money. However. The boat-trip was supposed to be 5000 Rs instead of 1500 Rs so I had to bargain again. Bla bla bla...poor Student, ok for you as a 'friend' bla bla bla...'local price' bla 'tsunami' bla ba bla bla 'milk-powder for my little daughter'
Hey folks, you gotta EARN ya money! It won't rain down from the sky just because ya being poor...
And as if it has not been enough, the owner of the hotel cheated at me charging the first night twice, which I had already paid. Although I checked the bill, I didn't get the mistake immediately and recognized it as recently as I was on the train. That's bad for ya. Better you gotta learn!

Posted by cabdragon 18.08.2009 09:07 Archived in Sri Lanka

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