I have been living and working in SE Asia for quite some time now, so I get used to what is considered unusual back home. With Rita’s recent visit, I was reminded how the modes of transport here in Sri Lanka can put the fear of God in some, and in particular Rita who loves her car and making her own way around!
First up is a quick video of travelling on a Government-run bus between Mirissa and Galle in the south of Sri Lanka. Bus was more empty than is the norm, but the flashing lights and blaring music entertained us. Unlike Nepali buses, there is no chance of chickens or goats on Sri Lankan buses.
We caught the train back to Colombo from Weligama. Second-class travel only was available which means we got the opportunity to get our own seat (not guaranteed) and the air-conditioning was by virtue of an open window, complete with exhaust from the train’s diesel engine filling the carriage periodically. We were lucky our station was the 2nd stop, so we did indeed get a seat. Anyone paying for second-class with stops beyond Weligama, did not get a seat.
And then there is the three-wheeler, the cheap and quick mode of transport that whizzes thousands of people from A to B throughout every urban community across Sri Lanka.
The three-wheelers drive in between trucks and cars, and squeeze themselves along sidewalks (if they exist). Definitely not for the faint-hearted.
We also traveled by air-conditioned car with Sameera, who managed to avoid any tips or crashes in the over 20 hours of driving over the course of a few days. No photo of the car but this is Sameera with Rita and I at the side of the road, introducing Rita to the health benefits of king coconut water – delish!
And this little puppy’s mode of transport is his owner’s bicycle. No, I did not take this picture, it has an animal in it after all – photo credit for this one goes to Rita!
A big regret we have is not having a photo of us with the jeep in Yala National Park, darnnit.