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8th January – Standing for eight hours on the train to Ella

What I tend to do every night will not be called sleep anymore, let’s call it a nap because this room in this guesthouse is noisy, not only mosquitoes keeping us awake but last night was guests who had arrived late and were banging on the doors and trying wake people up. So fucked off.

Checked out at 7:30am and got a tuk tuk to the train station. We are going to Ella, a place to view tea plantations and do some walking for two days.

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Whilst queuing for tickets, we saw this English guy (John) who we keep bumping into ahead of us and he kindly suggested he’ll get our tickets for us. Train departed at 8:20am and had to change at Peradiya.

Getting on this train at Peradiya is a bit of a nightmare as there are normally no seats so you have to stand for 2 to 3hrs before you get to the main junction where people get off. We also met the two German girls from cologne that I had been speaking to from our guest house. So the five of us hatched a plan and whoever got on the train first had to get five seats. No chance.

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The train was packed so up we all stood. One of the German girls got lucky and had a seat on the right hand side of the train, that’s where all the action is, the scenery was crazy. Mountains after mountains, tea plantations and pine trees. The pine trees looked out of place, viewing this you could mistakenly thought you were in the Alps or Switzerland.

Started a conversation with an Obama Lookalike who was travelling with his family. They were very kind people and at certain stages during the journey he or his wife would get up and let other people sit. He mentioned during the war with Tamils, he would not travel with his wife on the same train so that at least if something happened one of them would be alive.

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We finally arrived in Ella at 4pm and searched for accommodation. We found one for 2000 SL rupees per night. Had lunch/ dinner and on our way back to hotel met the German girls, chatted with them for a bit and arranged to do something together the next day.

Watched inbetweeners the movie in bed and slept.

En francais:

Rien de spécial aujourd’hui vu qu’on a passe plus de huit dans un train!
On s’est levé vers 7h pour être à la gare de Kandy pour le train de 8h20.

La mauvaise nouvelle c’est que l’on doit changer après un quart de train à peine pour un autre train qui vient d’ailleurs et que l’on va devoir lutter pour les sièges.

Quand on arrive à la gare de Peradeniya, le second train n’est pas la donc tout le monde se presse pour être au bord du quai. On fait pareil mais ça ne marche. On n’a pas de siège pendant la majorité du trajet, juste pendant 30 minutes a la fin. Tout le reste, on le fait debout dans les couloirs!

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Pour faire passer le temps, on moins on peut admirer la vue. Le point positif de cette ligne de train est qu’il passe au milieu des plantations de thé et dans les collines du centre du pays. C’est lent, très lent (15km/h en pointe) mais on passe des ponts vertigineux, on fait des tours et on passe des toutes petites gares qui n’ont pas changé depuis que les anglais sont arrivés dans la pays.

On arrive à Ella vers 16h30 puis on marche jusqu’au centre du village. On essaie les deux guesthouses que j’avais contacté par email mais tout est plein. Entre temps, Kwasi parle à un monsieur qui a aussi une guesthouse et on finit par rester chez lui pour 2000 routines.

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Comme on n’a pas déjeuné, on file trouver un endroit pour manger. On se pose au Dream Café. Un endroit sur la route principale avec de la bonne musique et une bonne ambiance, en plus ils ont wifi gratuit! On reste la un bon moment puis on décide de rentrer à la guesthouse.

Sur le chemin, on croise Mirka et Corinna, deux allemandes qui restaient à la même guesthouse que nous a Kandy et avec qui on a fait le trajet en train. On décide de se retrouver le lendemain pour faire un trek dans les environs de Ella.

Plus tard, on rentre à la guesthouse et on regarde Inbetweeners, un film que Kwasi voulait absolument voir et que l’on a acheté sur iTunes, franchement décevant….

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