I'm writing this post on my Airasia plane, currently on standby, that is going to take me to Colombo after a quick layover here in Kuala Lumpur. I could get used to the cute flight attendants with their tight red uniforms. I sure hope we don't get anymore delayed because I'm starving and would really love to have my first Sri Lankan meal soon. Other than the emptiness in my stomach, I feel really good. I left Melbourne pretty lightheaded and I can recall for a brief moment that I was unsure of what I am about to do but my head has wrapped itself out of that distracting thought. I'm finally travelling once again. The wilderness is in me and it kept my heart beating fast. Living life on the road and out of a backpack. Seeing, feeling, eating new things. The waiting abruptly comes to an end as the plane finished refuelling and the passengers, hardly any foreigners in sight, are all seated and ready to get out of here. Sri Lanka, I'm coming for you.
When my shirt got fully drenched in sweat, I knew had to get out of there. The stifling heat is the first thing that hits you. Next would be confusion and frustration as you try to get by with speaking English. As the noise of the city grows louder by the second, you start to lose it when the next person you ask does the damn head wobble. Is it a freaking yes or a no? I won't ever know. With the dirt and dust clinging to my skin, still profoundly sweating from the humidity, I cursed under my breath. The superb chicken biryani I had for lunch made me feel a bit better. I was glad arranging my Indian tourist visa didn't take too long. Hurriedly took the next train to Mirissa, a beach destination known for whale sightings, after a chaotic afternoon in Colombo.
The ride was long and the carriages were packed with people but the scenery on my window was oh so beautiful. The train chugged along rugged palm-fringed coastlines, busy roads full of life, rickety houses that have sprung up beside the tracks, little kids waving their hands towards us, crumbling monasteries and gigantic Buddha statues.