11 May 2012
Today we are on the move – heading south.
This morning said goodbye to our friends at the Cove Villa and set off with Joseph heading south towards Mirissa – the beach made famous by our friend Katie.
The driving experience is less hair-raising than the Sirigiya expedition. The roads are better, and there are more cars and less motor bikes and tuk tuks. Or are we becoming desensitized?
Another 5 1/2 hour trip (it takes about 2 hours to get through Colombo) we get to Hikkaduwa. We are staying here for 1 night. Joseph stops at the Coral Rock Amaya Hotel. After a quick look around Howard negotiated the price from US$160 to US$100 for a sea-view room with breakfast. Nice work Howie!
Its low season and Hikkaduwa is deserted. Out 4 pm lunch is in a beach side shack – grilled prawns and chips and a beer. Lion Lager is the beer of choice. And not a bad drop either.
Later when we are having dinner at the Red Lobster, down the road from the hotel, which has a big PIZZA sign our the front (but no pizza on the menu) dining on our favorite – rice and curry – veggie for H and chicken for me (actually i think it was a old scrawny rooster).
Not much happening in Hikkaduwa, it was very badly hit by the tsunami, and a train was hit by the wave and destroyed killing 1,700 people. The greatest death toll from any railway disaster. There are still lots of ruined buildings. So very sad.
On a brighter note, Howard has met a fella that offered him a massage and “giggy giggy” for $50 (H ways he was very tempted but only had a $10 budget).