Sri Lanka Travel Expense Report- Day 16

Sri Lanka travel expense for the 16th day were a mixed bag. The day started out ultra cheap considering the fact that I spent more than 10 hours in the train, going from Ella to Colombo.


For food, I made use of the two omelet sandwiches that the owner of the Aurora Bungalows that I stayed at in Ella was generous enough to make for me in the wee hours of the morning. Now the seat I got was in such a position that I spent the majority of my journey going back. Now I didn’t know how my stomach was going to react to this reverse motion, so I thought it better to keep my stomach relatively empty. I consumed half a sandwich after every couple of hours just so that I didn’t starve myself, aided by two tiny cups of Nescafe which I bought from the mobile vendor doing the rounds in the train. That set me back a mere $1.


The real expenses started piling up once I landed in Colombo. First it was the tuk tuk ride to the hotel, which was really cheap considering that I had chosen a hotel near the station. Wise of me.


Then the Shalimar hotel manager Vijay demanded that I pay the rent upfront. Then I went out and had lunch in the evening, and again dinner just a few hours later, all adding to the grand total of $35. Which isn’t so bad, in fact it’s remarkable considering I was back in Colombo, the most expensive city in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Travel Expense Report- Day 16

Sri Lanka Travel Expense Report- Day 16

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