Kandy Times with Elephants

A family building their home, crushing their rice, and offering all they have to three travelers (including the glass we drank from as a gift)

A family building their home, crushing their rice, and offering all they have to three travelers (including the glass we drank from as a gift)

The drive out to Kandy involved a few stops – for cashews and the lady cussing at us, buying a leather stool product, meeting an extremely inviting family on the road (and learning how they make rice…by picking out off the shell-so labor intensive) and finally reaching the city at 1pm, and taking a nap.

Cashew Lady pre-upset stage - (we bought from the store across the street)

Cashew Lady pre-upset stage - (we bought from the store across the street)

I woke up to the swarm of bats outside of my place. The hotel is a very nice one, without a few necessary amenities like clocks. Strange. The staff is friendly, but something feels off. Very upscale place, so I feel a bit off. But I will get over that.

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Tonight was the second to the last night of the Perahera parade. Lasting over 2 hours, it proved to be an interesting array of dancers, fire tossers, stilted dudes walking around, and lit elephants. There must have been fifty of them – towards the last hour I could see the other tourists getting ancy, probably hoping that no more beasts would turn the corner, but the elephant stream continued to flow heavily.

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