Day 5? Already?
Today was a day off which makes up for tomorrow which will be about three days' worth!
Pastor Sylvester took us up to the resort town of Nuwara Eliya- pronounced as one word "Newraliya". In the hotter season, the wealthier residents of coastal cities such as Colombo and Negambo flee the stifling heat and humidity and head for the mountains. Nuwara Eliya is a favoured destination, and actually looks more like an Australian town than any other place I've seen in Sri Lanka.
The Government is currently rebuilding the road from Hatton to Nuwara Eliya. Most of the road is in poor condition and the parts they are working on are on the familiar one way at a time, making everything slower. But on the parts that have been completed we were able to travel at the break-neck speed of 60 km/h!
The lake in the heart of the locality is called Lake Gregory. It features walking paths, boat rides and other activities which are designed to extract rupees from visitors. The entry fee for "locals" is R50 but for foreigners it is R200. Try getting away with that in Australia!
On the way home we stopped off to look at the awesome Devon Falls.
Tomorrow we leave at about 8 am for the Pastors' Meeting. After lunch there we head back down to Negambo, where I will be talking to cell group leaders in the evening. At 1 am we board the plane for the long journey home, arriving in Sydney at about 7.30 pm. It will be a long day!