This is part of the thirteenth section of our around
the world trip.
Complete Trip Overview & Map
Coming from Maldives or
read our previous visit to Sri Lanka
12/8/07 Flew in this morning and went straight to Negombo, the beachside
town just north of the airport. We mainly returned to Sri Lanka to finalise
paperwork with the agent here and ensure the motorcycle lands and gets
transhipped to Fiji. A totally different society from the Maldives. People
are more open, chatty, industrious and competitive.
13/8/07 It is interesting coming to a country from a different angle.
First coming here from India and now from Maldives. Comparisons are made
from where we have just been as much as to the world in general. The crystal
clear waters surrounding Male are now replaced by brown waters along the Colombo
coast. The hotel is a little more run down than it appeared before. Rubbish
is scattered along the beach, the vehicles older. But compared to India it
was a great step up to arrive here. Stayed near our hotel all day, the beach
and a nice restaurant.
14/8/07 We joined the commuters on the bus for the 35 km, one and
a half hour trip to Colombo city. GGL Line advised a boat to Singapore leaves
on the 18th and they should be able to get the motorcycle into a container
and on that ship. But it has not yet arrived in Colombo, tomorrow hopefully.
Again the handling fees seem enormous here, $US 350.00 for freight all the
way to Fiji seems reasonable, but another $150.00 to unload from Maldives,
transport and pack to leave Colombo port seems excessive. Part of the reason
we were given was corruption. Customs will try to create problems to the
trans shipment. Knowing we are in a hurry they will hold all the cards for
a good bribe. The money was paid and the motorcycle should be seen next in
Fiji, the earliest 11 Sept, the latest, the end of September, depending on
shipping schedules out of Singapore. We await the reality.
15/8/07 This is the last entry for this trip. We fly out this evening
for Bangkok, Thailand, where we will stay for nine days for dental and optical
check ups, much more economical than in Australia. Then to Brisbane, Australia,
where our three children reside, and await news on the likely arrival date
for the motorcycle in Fiji.
You can either move onto planning the fourteenth trip or go to the first country of that trip Fiji
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