Saturday, and bicycles were the transport du jour around the archaeological sites of Polonnaruwa.
It was going to be an unlikely ask, me climbing up to see the ancient site on top of the rock that is Sigiriya. That is, until I saw a response from Patti Digh to a post I made on Facebook about today’s plans.
I’m guessing that it was either the UPPER CASE LETTERS or the exclamation mark that caused the shift.
So it was that I decided that I would attempt the unthinkable, what with somewhat dodgy knees and the occasional fear of climbing on the edge of high places. And 16 year old Patti would be the one to hold my hand on her return visit to this place.
Notwithstanding the wind and some serious rail gripping, I did make it up the last steps (having rested for a very long time near the end) only to receive a resounding “Bravo!” at the top from three Russian travellers.
Thanks for the push, Patti. I hope these pics evoke some more memories of your time in Sri Lanka. And please tell me that you did actually climb to the top!
Matale Hindu Temple is the second largest in Sri Lanka and a positive pageantry of colour.
The rock caves at Dambulla are a refuge from the heat and a most impressive collection of Buddha images.
Before we made the climb up Sigiriya, we stopped in the town and had the best roti so far on the trip at the Chooti Restaurant.