25.08.2009 - 25.08.2009
So...hurrying on to the north-east the bus was late this morning. We were supposed to catch the bus at 10:00 am but it didn't arrive until 1:00 pm. So, what can you do all the time. You never know when it could come or even if it will come. So you lay down, relax, have some tea and I really got to know where the saying 'just wait and drink a cup of tea' comes from. Definitely Sri Lankan people are great at this issue. At the bus station where we had to change buses we nearly missed the last bus going to our next destination because we were really hungry and in the need to go to some restaurant. Anyway we were just in time to catch the bus which was already moving. You feel like in a western movie. The doors always opened and you're able to get on and drop off the bus at nearly any time. So we did arrive finally late in the evening. The next days we had some nice stroll along the railways being guided by a group of kids who made some fun about just walking in front of us or behind us but never being to far to be out of sight. We had marvelous views over the hill country, tea plantations, walking through tunnels and heading towards a city which seemed to be kind of a ghost city. No shops, banks to sit down, nothing! And apparently no trains to bring us back. The sun was burning down brutally. And finally after one hour there was a train.
The description of the hotel by Lonely Planet was like "just stay there if nothings else is available". What a fucked up description for a hotel frightening the people to go there. But we did got there, after our former choice was booked completely. And our new pick was a great chance. Clean rooms, everything's fine. Nice food. So we have been really fucked up about such a devastating description. So anyone to read this: If you stay in Haputale once, definitely go to Sri Lak View Hotel and give some greetings to Raja. The guy who helped us most with anything we needed. So our first rooms in this hotel were quite new, smelling muddy at we had some cockroaches which were of the opinion that there are not enough of them. Just have a look at the photo :-)