Kingdom of Kandy
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I heard a lot of rave reviews about Kandy, so I was looking forward to getting there and seeing what all the fuss was about. I got a bus about 9.15am to Kandy (LKR87/80c/45p) and bagged myself a seat so I was happy. Had finished my book, so I spent most of the journey doing that specialist travellers activity - thinking. If there's one thing you notice when you travel, its how much time you have to think about things - life, people, jobs, ideas, plans...all sorts of stuff goes through your head while you're looking out the window while the bus winds it way to its destination. I was miles away and hadn't even really realised that we had arrived in Kandy! I walked from the bus station to a hotel Mark had recommended, the Olde Empire.
I spent my two days in Kandy just wandering around and taking the city in - there are lots of temples and things you can go to, but its not really my thing, so I just enjoyed walking round the lake and seeing the people go about their everyday lives. Sometimes it was peaceful, sometimes it was chaotic....kind of sums Sri Lanka up in a lot of ways! I also took the opportunity to do some shopping and bought some bits and pieces that I'd had on my list for a while - had to get myself a Sri Lankan cricket shirt, which i bargained from an opening price of LKR1,950 down to LKR800 (£4.75/$8)....they really do try it on with tourists! I also found a cool little tailoring place who made me a sleeping sheet from scratch. I watched as they cut the cotton and the lady sewed it up all with amazing precision. I had stupidly sent me other one home from New Zealand having not used it. In SL you need one as they often don't provide a top sheet for some reason. So for the bargain price of LKR700 (£4/$7), I had my new sleeping sheet. Dinner at the hotel was good (and again, very cheap) and you know its good when there are a lot of people eating there, including locals. So while I wasn't as dazzled by Kandy as some people are, it certains beats the hell out of stinky Colombo.....ooo, that's where I'm off to tomorrow!