Today is my second day in Sri Lanka. Yesterday, I had a hard time adjusting to the compete 180 lifestyle here. I think also, I was feeling quite lonely and intimidated by the city of Colombo. Although not big in size, it is still daunting to be here by yourself and not know a singe thing. This city is not tourist friendly, and although easily mobile by tuk-tuk, the drivers tend to try to rip you off. This is the whole set up of Sri Lanka. Everyone is trying to get a piece of the profit from tourism. It’s very frustrating for me to know that I am constantly trying to get ripped off from everybody, the bellman at the front desk, to the old man helping you out at the train station. They all expect a tip for their “hard service.”. They tend to getupset at you if you turn down their service or dont tip. This shit pisses me off. I understand that this a very poor country, but fuck, I’m not rich, and I don’t have a lot of money myself. I made a very huge mistake in Malaysia by not exchanging my Korean won for Sri Lankan ringgits. I had to change from won to Malaysian to Sri Lankan, and I figured I would have lost a lot. But here, no banks exchange won, and the only places to do the exchange is at private companies, and that makes me very sketch. So now, I’ve just been using the money in my Hawaii bank account.
Last night, I ate a very famous dish here in Sri Lanka. I forgot the name, but it’s a thin piece of bread, almost like a crepe, and you eat it out with curries and egg. It was dirt cheap. A worker a the hotel I a, staying at told me where it was, and expected me to pay him for telling me that.
This morning, I woke up early, and caught the 8:35aml train to the city of Galle, on the south side of the island. I took the train from the main train station in Colombo, and it is a far cry from the train stations in Korea. It’s old, dirty and very worn out, exactly like the trains itself. There are only two classes for this trip, 2nd and 3rd, so I got the 2nd. It was spacious and roomy, but no aircon, but it made it a lot nicer ride, as we rode down the west coast. Smelling the ocean reminded me of Hawai’i, and seeing the country life reminded me of Cambodia.