So that was country 93. I liked Sri Lanka a lot and found the people to be exceptionally friendly and warm. The travel there and back wasn't the easiest however. Firstly arriving in a new country at midnight isn't ideal. Then yesterday I found out that the bus to the airport stops running "sometime before 7pm" and my flight was due to leave at 1am. So having run out of money, checked out of the hotel and dripping with sweat in the intense heat, I took an early bus to the air-conditioned airport. I managed to change my clothes for dry ones in the toilet there and then settled down to kill 8 hours with a book, a last bottle of water and my MP3 player. After the 3 hour flight to Bangkok (no chance to sleep with a much-needed meal to eat) I had another 5 hour wait there for the remaining flight to China. So when I finally got home, I'd been without sleep for 36 hours and was barely thinking straight. I'm hoping to catch up on my Zzzzzs tonight.
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Paul Hider lives and works in Kunming (SW China) and regularly updates this blog about his life there.
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