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We did not stop in Galle.We were to anchor and tender in but it was raining and the sea was rough so the lifeboats could not be lowered.Even had they been able to be lowered,we
could not have boarded them as they would have been bobbing up and down in the sea.
The lifeboats carry 100 people when used as tenders and 150 when used as lifeboats.
We arrived in Colombo late afternoon but could only dock at a freight terminal.Some people went ashore that evening.The ship moved to the passenger terminal at 6am the next morning.
It is Easter Sunday.Happy Easter everyone.I had a panoramic tour of Colombo.We got out of the bus only once to see Independence Hall,the other pictures were taken from inside the bus.

Several of us wanted to go to Mass so we left the tour a little early and got tuk tuks to the church, which was packed,mostly with Tamils,I think.We then got tuk tuks back to the pier,where we had a long walk to the ship.I think taxis are allowed to drive in through security but apparently not other vehicles.

The pier was lined with little shops but I didn't buy anything.As soon as I was onboard it began to rain heavily.I had lunch and washed all my clothes in the laundromat;they were soaked from the heat and humidity.
It is 6:30pm here and we have already set sail for Cochin,India.

permalink written by  edoyle on April 24, 2011 from Colombo, Sri Lanka
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