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.
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.
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.
the clock tower of Galle Fort (with visiting school children)
caught in an afternoon shower
the Buddhist Temple in Galle Fort
old Morris van
inside the old Dutch Reform Church
a morning wedding
baker on his delivery rounds
streetscape by night
the verandah at our guest house
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.
Some of the temples around Inle Lake, including Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda where five Buddha images have, over time, morphed into unidentifiable shapes due to the amount of gold leaf applied to them.
Thaung Tho Pagoda
Alodaw Pauk Pagoda
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda