Like he wanted to go home just to have a vacation.
Train chugged at five in the morn, amazingly punctual. Outside was still pitch dark. I must have shifted into 101 positions, none of which lulled me to sleep. At the next train station, we learned that slumber's indeed impossible to attain when a huge batch of passengers poured in and filled the cabin to the brim. Standing passengers placed their suitcases and even their babies on sitting passengers' laps. It's the norm.
And there I was whining about my lack of sleep. I was then a new mom to seven-month-old Luna and this memory changed my view on parenting. But that's not to say I could/would stand for two hours aboard a train while carrying a tot. To this very day, I think the woman possesses superhero powers.
Our arrival in Galle was on the dot. The alighting was surprisingly not a push-and-shove business. It didn't take long for us to exit the station and cross the street to catch a bus to our final destination, Unawatuna Beach. The snail-pace drive, with a few stops to pick up and drop off passengers, took almost twenty minutes. We checked in the first cheap hostel we found, dropped our backpacks and dashed to a nearby restaurant faster than you could say ayubowan (a greeting in Sinhala).
Despite our droopy eyes, we headed to the shore after licking our plate clean — not a trace of huevos rancheros was left on it. We found the beach oddly uncrowded. A few elements reminded me of the Philippines' Puerto Galera. Not entirely palm fringed, and hostels are housed in low-rises. Tables and chairs are set up right on the beach. Only a few peddlers pass by every so often to hassle sunbathers.
The moment our feet sunk in the fine, golden sands the hubby muttered, "We should have been here since the beginning of this trip." Followed by, "Now where do we order beer?".
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