Saturday – day 7
We only had to stop for about three minutes for a police checkpoint as we entered the north. Just the conductor got out to deal with it. About 11.30 we were at the Jaffna bus terminal. It had taken five hours from Anuradhapura, which was OK.
As no one gives out maps, Google Maps has to suffice. But my phone got no signal. Panic. I’d have to trust a tuk tuk driver? A restart of the phone sorted it, and I had the Internet again, so I had a walking route to the hotel. A tuk tuk was not suitable as I wanted to walk and see whatever hotels on the way had to offer, as the accommodation I’d booked was not at all enticing.
As it turned out, I found quite a lot of hotels, some were not worth considering, and others were way overpriced for what they are offering – and still I wouldn’t have wanted to stay there. I detoured a bit on the way to see the railway station, check several hotels, and view a couple of churches, so the walk took over an hour. So I had to use my booking, and it was as bad as I had dreaded. Worse. The outside bathrooms seem to have the water turned off in the evening, so a shower, or even washing one’s hands, is not possible. And I couldn’t hire a bicycle as I had intended.
Anyway, in the afternoon I saw pretty well all the local sights, even though I was walking.
But in the late afternoon I also passed the Rolex Hotel, which is one of Lonely Planet’s recommended places to eat – so I did. It cost Rs280 for a chicken curry and a cup of tea. I was enjoying the food until I felt a mosquito dining on me. After that I couldn’t relax and eat, which was a shame.