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...two travellers in search of the world's wildlife

4 January 2020

Restaurant de leech

Glasshouse roof

Glasshouse roof

21 December 2019

My little offering to the Buddha’s tooth seems to have improved the weather. No rain today! So we wandered the Royal Botanical Gardens for hours, hoping to spot some unusual squirrels but not getting any luck. The gardens are handsome, though.

We took lunch at a posh hotel up in the hills, the Theva Residency. The lunch was just okay, but the views were splendid and it felt nice after all the roughing it recently. The place was empty when we got there, and only one other table of two appeared later. We watched in some horror as the chap at the other table discovered a leech on his arm, and knocked it onto the floor where it began crawling back towards him before the staff came along and cleared it up. So… we are not going anywhere that there is vegetation from now until the end of the holiday. No exceptions. Ugh.

Ficus grove in the gardens

Ficus grove in the gardens

We didn’t really do much else, except try and find a way to drive back to our hotel without having to return through the centre of Kandy with its exhaust-fume coated lines of unmoving and beeping traffic. This was almost a disaster as we went the wrong way along the tiny poorly-made mountain roads which meant reversing half a kilometer back down a road scarcely wider than the car. This was some epic reversing, especially as the road was 1:4 in places. One of those terrified-at-the-time-but-quite-chuffed-afterwards moments.

One more meal at the Garden Cafe. It started raining again as we got ready to go out, so we just climbed in the car for the 2 minute drive. Really, screw walking in the mud and traffic again.

Royal Botanic Gardens

Royal Botanic Gardens

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