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When you’re spending 2 hours hanging on to strap handles on the 7.00 am commuter train from Galle to Colombo in Sri Lanka, there are few opportunities to capture moments with the camera. Instead, the observations from every corner of that carriage are stored for future use in word form.

At Colombo Station we waited for the Kandy Express. I amused myself by taking photographs of young Chinese tourists taking selfies from every conceivable angle.

Colombo Railway Station - selfie

The 3 hour express train to Kandy was a different kettle of fish in that we had allocated seats for the ride.

After taking care of check-in, laundry and finances, we grabbed some food at one of the many bakeries in the town before heading down towards the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic via the lake.

The Temple precinct includes many buildings, all of which have detailed architectural interest. Today was a special day and many Sri Lankans arrived in procession to pay their respects at this most revered site.

Kandy - egret on the lake 3

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic 5procession into the Temple of the Sacred Tooth RelicTemple of the Sacred Tooth Relic 4Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic 3Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic 2Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic 1

It’s well and truly coming into the wet season here in Sri Lanka. Sporadic showers through the day and rain during the night make it a very sticky place to be at the moment.

Here’s a bit of a taste of inside the gates of Galle Fort.

Galle rooftops

Galle Fort - roof tops

the clock tower of Galle Fort (with visiting school children)

Galle Fort clock tower

egrets

Galle Fort - egret 1Galle Fort - egret 2

horses grazing Galle Fort - horses grazing

house exterior

Galle Fort - house exterior

caught in an afternoon shower

Galle Fort - rain storm

the Buddhist Temple in Galle Fort

Galle Fort - Buddhist temple

street sign

Galle Fort - street sign

old Morris van

Galle Fort - old Morris

inside the old Dutch Reform Church

Galle Fort - interior Old Dutch Reform Church

a morning weddingGalle Fort - wedding photo

streetscape

Galle - buildings 1

baker on his delivery rounds

Galle Fort - baker's van

streetscape by night

Galle Fort - street by night

the verandah at our guest house

Galle Fort - guest house verandah

There’s a poem developing about our return trip to Bago today. It will have to wait though as I’m too tired to do anything but post photographs. We took pot luck on departure times and wandered around a bit before boarding the 11.00 am train. It was a two hour ride, with a whistle-stop pillion-riding tour of the major sites in Bago before heading back to the station to buy a ticket for the 3.15 pm train to Yangon.

No seats! Our motorcycle driver took us to a local cafe for cold drinks and samosas while he negotiated a taxi ride for us to get back to the city.

Bananas for sale - YangonYangon Railway Station - waiting roomWaiting for the train to leave - Yangon to BagoBoy selling apples and oranges

Yangon to Bago train - sleeping

Station stop - Kyauk Tan on the way to Bago

Bago railway station - food trader

Bago - negotiating a taxi ride to Yangon