08.11.2013 - 08.11.2013 35 °C
Since we explored most of the ancient cities yesterday we decided today to have a walk into the new town and investigate the streets. From our guest house it is around a twenty minute walk down a main road into the area of the old bus station. On the way we got a few funny looks but a lot of good mornings from friendly locals.
We went into a local bake house for breakfast. On one side it had a display cabinet full of freshly baked items, bread, sweet bread rolls, sandwiches, and different bread cakes with savoury fillings. On the other side was a cabinet filled with different curries, rotis and string hoppers. After a lot of pointing we managed to get accross what we wanted. We ordered Dahl and coconut sambal, Liam had it with rotis and Chelsea had it with fresh bread. It was delicious, especially the sambal and we left with full bellies for a grand total of 270Rs (£1.30). You can't believe how much food you get for a pound, there was so much we left loads. On the way out a man in the queue to pay asked us where we were from and was delighted when we said Britain. He told us how he enjoyed meeting people from the UK as Britain had done a lot of good during their occupation like building the roads.
After breakfast we walked further into town and wandered around the streets. It was a really busy local town and everybody smiled at us.
The shops are full to bursting of everything you could imagine. There was a row of army clothing shops, shops filled with bags of rice, nuts and lentils and lots of hotels. Hotels in Sri-Lanka are confusingly actually local eateries. There was clothes and shoe shops with ridiculously cheap items and music shops blasting out pop tunes.
They also in Sri-Lanka have wine stores. These are shops that sell alcohol and often have bars on the window and a kiosk where you go and ask for what you want.
It was nice to walk around the new town but at miday the sun was unbearable so we headed back. Our gust house is set in a a lovely garden setting and is very quiet and peaceful. We sat in the garden and enjoyed a cold drink relaxed for the rest of the day, ready to set of travelling again tomorrow.