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23rd December 2010
The alarm went off at 4:30am this morning as we had a taxi booked for 5:30am to take us to Delhi International Airport for our flight to Sri Lanka. Stew lay in bed while Jen jumped into the shower, cursing and muttering about no hot water. All of a sudden there was an almighty WHOOSH as jets of water flew into the bedroom from the bathroom. Jen had decided to play with the water system to try and coax the hot water into the shower and had unscrewed the cold water feed stopcock ....until it came off in her hand! The jet was so powerful it flew through the bedroom and onto the bed where Stew was laying! Stew dived into the bathroom and stuck his hand over the hole to stop it! Unfortunately there was nothing for it but to try and get the tap back in, so we had to let the cold water fly out again while we forced the tap back in! A freezing cold shower woke us up in no time!
After waking our taxi driver up, who had fallen asleep outside the hotel, and having to force our backpacks onto the front and back seats with us because the boot was full, we were finally on our way! Arriving at Delhi airport, we found our flight to Chennai on time, where we would be catching another flight for the onward journey to Colombo.
The flight was quite pleasant and quite uneventful and after just over 2 hours we were walking into the airport at Chennai, and looking for the transit area. Our hand luggage was extremely thoroughly checked through security, and we had to remove every single electrical item which took ages! Amusing though, when the security guard kept pulling out items that he had no idea what they were for – like Jen’s hair straighteners and the hair dryer! By the time we had got through security, our plane was already boarding and a final call was put out! We hastily made our way to the departure gate – and boarded the exact same plane we had just got off! We even had the same seats! As we took off and watched the coast of India slowly disappearing below us, we chatted about how we both saw India. Our views were similar – India amused, annoyed, embraced, repelled, charmed, horrified, humbled and lifted us in equal measure, but the overriding feeling we both had from this incredible country was one of absolute fascination!
After another short trip of an hour and twenty minutes we were landing in Colombo – and we were seeing rain for the first time since we left the UK!
After going to a number of different taxi firms to get the best price for the journey to our hotel, we decided to get them to take us to Colombo Fort Railway Station first, so that we could find out when the train to Bentota would be the following morning, and to see if we could buy the tickets in advance. Unfortunately we were told to come back the following morning as the train would be leaving at 8:35am and, unless they were First Class tickets, they could only be purchased on the day. There was no First Class service on the train we needed, so we had no option but to get back early the next morning.
After stopping to ask for directions a couple of times (!) our taxi driver finally dropped us off at our hotel for the night and we wearily trudged up to our room, ordered some food from room service and passed out in our beds as we were absolutely shattered!