Wednesday 24th of May 2017 and they came to pick me up at 3 o'clock. Well, I was surprised, they actually arrived quarter to 3. Actually, what I expect when paying for a service. Not like when I got here. I had to wait for the car at my hotel back at Colombo Airport.
Never mind, I had just settled my bill and we were soon on our way towards Colombo International airport. My flight is leaving at 01:20 and we expect to arrive to the airport around 9 o'clock.
My going home luggage, a safari helmet and 27 and a half kilo MAX lighter than when I came.
We make a U-turn so I can get a picture of the traffic sign
Warning for Peacocks on the E01 highway between Colombo and Matara
If I'm coming back I will not stay in Colombo the first night. I had expected the roads to be, well, not in any good condition. But it would have been to trouble to sleep in the back of the car going to Yala. I could have had one more game drive.
The roads are like any good road in Europe. And they are building a highway on the last stretch between Colombo and Yala, so in 2 years or so we can make it all the way to Yala in 3 hours from Colombo. But I cannot help but wonder who is paying for all this. China?
We stopped at the service station, Canowin Arcade on the way back to Colombo. Same as the one we stopped at on the way to Yala. They have one service station on each side of the highway and they are identical. It is so new they have not opened the gas station yet. But the Canowin Arcade is open with fast food restaurants and a supermarket. They charged 20 Scooby Doo dollars to go to the bathroom. I didn't had any Sri Lanka cash and the lady mumble something. I asked if I could pay with US Dollars.
She continued to mumble and I understood that she was telling me that it was not necessary to pay. Sri Lanka, noting but positive experiences. And same when I came in to the bathroom. I had been looking for a tree as a highway bathroom wasn't something I was looking forward to.
Yet again, Sri Lanka manage to give me a pleasant surprise. The bathroom was really clean and nice. So I was in a good mode when leaving the bathroom, but I was hungry.
Pizza Hut at Canowin Arcade
And yet again, coming to Sri Lanka and I have had nothing but pleasant surprises. And they manage to surprise me again. I could pay with credit card, even at the supermarket where I bought some choco milk to drink with the pizza from Pizza Hut.
I finished my pizza and choco milk and we were soon on the way towards Colombo International Airport. And we arrived to Colombo International Airport just a little more than 5 hours after we left Laya Safari Hotel back in Yala. A miscalculation as I had expected to arrive here around 9 o'clock. And to check in was not an option.
No check-in until 3 hours before departure. I asked for a restaurant and I took the elevator and I ended up at a staff cantina. A guy showed me to a restaurant on the floor below. But the restaurant was not much better than the staff cantina.
Restaurant at Bandaranaike International Airport
The other restaurant was not much better
departure hall, and here is exactly nothing to do
departure hall, and here is exactly nothing to do
I killed an hour playing internet before I went down to the departure hall. No check-in until 3 hours before departure and I had to walk around for a while before I could pass the security. Check-in and then the immigration, a pretty quick affair. I found the lounge with furniture that was about to fall apart.
Thursday 25th of May 2017 and I left the lounge 10 minutes before 1 o'clock. Jeez, this must have been the worst lounge I have ever been to. No, Thai Airways lounge in Manila is even worse.
Walking to the gate
So, my adventure on Sri Lanka has come to an end
OK, let's get airborne so I can sleep
I asked for a bottle of water, and no food. But I wished to have two cups of tea when I woke up. The Stewardess promised to bring the tea and I was asleep as soon as we were air borne. I was dead tired when they woke us up 2 and a half hour later. Yes, 2 and a half hour of sleep is not enough. I had been up for almost 24 hours with no sleep.
OK, I had 30 minutes in the car going to Colombo. But that was not enough, anyway, the Stewardess was soon by my side with 2 cups of Earl Grey tea and I had just time to finish the tea before touch down. And I discovered that it was raining at Suvarnabhumi.
She didn't forgot my tea
And we recognise Suvarnabhumi International Airport
I was soon back home in bed and I had a few hours of sleep. I have been living quite healthy in Sri Lanka. But I had also decided to start training again. And I will go to Chaiyasit Muaythai GYM where my friend the Red Devil - ปีศาจแดง is teaching. So if you're in to Muay Thai action, just click HERE for some ar*e kicking extravaganza.
OK, it has come to my knowledge that we have senior citizens visiting my web page. How hard can it be? So it's not very easy for them to see the blue coloured links to the next page.
Jiffy (also jiff)
noun [in SING.] informal a moment: we'll be back in a jiffy.
ORIGIN late 18th cent.: of unknown origin.
So as you understand, in a jiff pretty much depends on your internet.
So I put a “Next” button here and I hope that there isn't any problem to understand how to use that one. So just CLICK the “Next” button on your left hand side and you will be on the next page in a jiff!
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