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Friday, December 31, 2021

Goodbye 2021 / Welcome 2022

Day 45 - A week ago, we decided to usher in the New Year at a beach hotel in Negombo. It is actually a hotel we stayed at during one of my initial times in Sri Lanka, and that was 35 years ago! 

We got up as usual and didn't try PickMe, the Sri Lankan rideshare app until 1:00 PM. Negombo beach is just a little bit over a half-hour from the house. If one could take a direct line it'd be even closer but the International airport is in the way. 

The app couldn't find any drivers of small vans, and I had to include the tuk-tuk category before we got a lift. It really didn't take much longer than in a regular vehicle but was a little louder, hotter, and less comfortable.
  Beach New Years

First Flickr Upload of 2022

Beach New Years

We had seen the place as it is very close to the Negombo public beach.  From the inside, it didn't really look as though they'd done many improvements in the last three and a half decades!  We did, however, get an A/C room with a direct view of the swimming pool and ocean for around SR 12000 per night with breakfast.  That works out to be almost US$ 60.  Pardon me, I'm getting older and forget that good hotel rooms never cost US$ 25 anymore, anywhere.  That was the standard, tropical-beach price when we started travelling the world.

Beach New Years

Beach New Years

Beach New Years 
We didn't have any naps today as we walked the beach in front of the hotel. We knew that the public beach area would get crowded and that several of the larger, expensive hotels would put on a fireworks show at midnight.

We walked the strip near the hotel to find a place to eat dinner.  Tourism hasn't really made its comeback in Negombo.  An added propane gas cylinder shortage has closed many small restaurants and food stalls.   The Coconut Lodge specialized in seafood but Jay had chicken and I got a pizza.

Beach New Year's Eve Beach New Years

I felt very tired and nearly wanted to sleep before midnight, but I'm glad I didn't succumb to that temptation.  The beach got pretty crowded and fireworks aren't regulated here, meaning that everybody and their drunk brother was lighting them off from the beach.  How exciting!

Beach New Year's Eve

Beach New Years

Beach New Years

Beach New Years

Indeed, the noise continued for a few hours but I was sound asleep.

Happy 2022!


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