Well today’s Sri Lankan breakfast is the hoppers.
I’m gonna get that in my belly, check out
and then make my way to Trincomalee.
Okay and give this to the boys who brought the food to my room.
Okay, you can give me a tuk tuk for the bus station?
Can I call now?
Yes, call now please. Thank you.
This bus, it’s the one with 3 and 2 or it’s the one with 2 and 2, seats?
It’s the red bus or the private bus?
I think both are same convenience?
3 seats and 2 seats?
Because some have 2 and 2 and others have 3 and 2.
I try to always try the one with 2 and 2 because there’s more space.
But I don’t know. It’s something.
It’s there, I think all short distance.
No any 3 seater buses, only 2 seats.
Only 2 seats? Okay, good.
Okay, great, thank you.
Ah, I can sit in here? Ah, good.
Oh, thank you.
Show me your body!
[inaudible] your body.
[laughter] Too white.
You have the six packs?
No, no, no.
Eating too much pizza for this.
Next time, also you, you put a my your YouTube also.
[laughter] Put you on YouTube?
Yes, you put, I want to see.
Next day. Okay.
Okay, thank you.
[laughter] No worries.
Well after six hours and six army checkpoints,
it looks like we’ve finally made it to the coastal town of Trincomalee.
Lovely looking place, isn’t it?
What the heck is this? Hello.
What are you? Are you a deer?
What are you? Ah, you must be a deer or something?
Oh wait, there’s more of them.
Where are they coming from? [laughter]
Are these wild or do they belong to somebody or what? Hello.
Right, look at these deers.
Look at the crows just resting on the deers.
Look, thug life. Thug life.
Just, just sitting on the back of this deer, chillin’.
Look at him.
The deer not even flinching as well.
The crow like “that’s where I live now.”
Jesus. They’re fighting over that one.
Right, get away from these before I catch Lyme Disease.
Well they’re saying “If you can’t clean your surrounding, then don’t make it dirty.”
That’s what you end up with.
Some deer. I guess this place must be famous for deer.
I haven’t seen deer anywhere else in Sri Lanka.
I just get off at some beach area and they’re there.
What’s this saying here?
“Save Trincomalee Deer – A Project by the Rotary Club.”
So I guess this must be a place where they feed the deer.
So these deer are wild.
And, some project has been set up by the Rotary Club
to feed them. They’ve given them all this food.
I’m not gonna steal your pumpkin mate. I’m just having a wee look.
Aye, so I guess people must donate money or
people who are in the Rotary Club must contribute some funds and
they buy all this food for the deers to keep them well fed.
So they don’t need to go eating through all the garbage.
Like those ones over there.
Right, let’s go and find this fort.
Oh look at this.
Nice wee beach.
A load of litter on it though. That’s unfortunate to see.
I guess this is a public beach in the main Trincomalee town.
It’s just all locals there. You don’t see any tourists.
The water’s nice and clean though, isn’t it? It’s beautiful.
Nice and clear. It’s just a pity about all this garbage lying around.
Anyway, go and find this fort.
I wonder if I’m allowed to just go through here.
It’s got 2nd Battalion Gajaba Regiment.
Good afternoon. I can go through?
Okay, thank you.
Okay, off to see the fort.
And I guess this is the walls of the fort, right here.
Certainly not as big as Galle Fort but oh
it’s smashing isn’t it. Have a look at this.
Oh ho ho, lovely.
Okay, so I was going to go straight to my hotel from the bus but
considering I’m already a bit sweaty,
I might as well go have a wander around this area,
considering the fort was close to it as well.
Look at this. Some cannons here. Nice.
And, eh, aye,
the hotel I’m going to stay at, it’s going to be this wee wooden cabana.
Which should be pretty nice.
Okay, just wander through the gates
of the fort. Awwhhh.
This reminds me of Galle, when I walked through the gates.
And I was like “oh, a respite from the sun!”
“Some shade at last!”
Here we go.
So what’s going on inside this fort?
The fort that I see in Batticaloa, it was all like government office and stuff.
This one, guardroom,
looks like there’s army in here.
So I guess maybe, aye look, army guys here.
So, Batticaloa Fort for the government
and Trincomalee Fredrick Fort for the army I guess.
Aye, look, there’s an army regiment
barracks or something right there.
Over here, Gajaba.
Ah, good afternoon.
Right, what have they written on the wall here.
When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.
The infantry man has pride and morale.
2nd Battalion, the Gajaba Regiment.
Right, I wonder if there’s actually anything for me to see in this place
or if it’s all just locked down bits for the army.
Good afternoon, good afternoon.
Gymnasium. I guess that, again, for the army,
not for people like me who just want to go and have a workout.
It’s quite a big area inside this fort
and now it’s saying an arrow to this temple.
Well I seen something that resembled a temple with a massive statue
when I was coming, look even inside the fort there’s deer.
And these ones sectioned off, I guess
owned by these army guys.
They keep them as pets or something? I dunno.
Maybe they eat them. I dunno.
Haven’t seen deer on any of the menu here.
Maybe they don’t eat deer here.
Maybe they just like them roaming around
because they’re cute.
Look at the size of this bloody hill.
Me, with all my luggage, already pissing with sweat.
The bloody state of me.
Already pissing with sweat,
and I have to tackle this
Right, I reckon I’m gonna go see this temple.
See if I can get onto the walls of the fort.
And then I’ll be hailing a tuk tuk
and negotiating a fair price
to get to my hotel.
And then I’ll probably be hiring a bike
to get around this city for a day or two.
Oh what’s this saying? No Entry.
I’ve just came all the way up here.
How do I get in there if it’s no entry?
Is this no entry for cars or for people as well?
I can go in?
Go? Oh okay, good.
What through here? What?
[inaudible] 200 metres.
200 metres? Ahh okay. Okay.
Something 200 metres. I guess it’s going to be this temple.
It looks like we’re near to the sea.
It’ll be nice if I could stand up on the walls
like I did in Galle.
Ah, that was fantastic. That was a good day, wasn’t it?
I’d like to do that again here,
It’d be nice.
All the tuk tuk guys sitting waiting, like vultures.
More cute deer. Huh.
There’s bloody loads of them, aren’t there?
And all these stalls closed.
Down here as well.
Wonder if that’s due to the recent lack of tourism or what, but just
you’d think these would all be selling like
maybe food and snacks.
It looks like these are all places selling like bric-a-brac and
souvenirs and stuff like that and
they’re all closed apart from that one right there.
Aye, that one was probably serving food.
Oh right, get a wee view down here.
Wonder why they’re all closed. It’s like
it’s only like 10 minutes to 4 pm.
You’d think they would still be getting tourists and stuff coming up here.
So, that’s where I’m staying.
Up there somewhere.
Way past those boats.
So, not really walking distance
but I’d rather walk than overpay for a tuk tuk. I’ll tell you that much.
I’ll be getting a fair price or I will be walking up there.
Okay, put them here.
Okay, thank you my friend.
I need to give you 20 rupees for this?
After? Okay, good.
had to take my shoes off there,
so I’m traipsing through the dirt.
So I’m just going to be traipsing dirt through into the temple
from this dirty ground.
So I don’t really understand that,
why you don’t just take your shoes off actually at the outside of the temple, but
nevertheless, here I go.
Thankfully this is shaded.
I remember going to a temple in Yangon
in the middle of the afternoon in the middle of the summer
and it was like a marble floor.
And oh my god,
it was like walking on hot coals, so it was.
Aye this is not bad. Some sand there as well.
Right, let’s have a look.
Look at this size of it.
Very, pretty isn’t it?
Please do not use mobile phones inside the temple.
Right, I guess that includes GoPros.
So, I won’t be taking this inside.
Well I’ll be putting it in my pocket. I won’t be leaving it outside.
Does that mean inside the temple there?
Or does this include inside the temple?
I think this is still the path.
Hi, how are you?
I think they mean just inside there.
What’s this? Is this where people who are in love
tie like padlocks to things with their name on it?
Or is this something else? Hmm.
Don’t know if I’m allowed to touch it.
That looks pretty scary actually.
Looks like something out of a horror movie like Annabelle or Chucky or something.
Dunno why that’s randomly,
it’s the only doll that’s there.
Don’t really understand why that would be there.
This guy collecting the money.
People must throw their donations, their coins and notes.
I’m sure some of them, some of the notes must flutter away down into the sea and
if you look down there, a load of people have missed.
Looks like an easy throw, that, right?
Loads of people have missed. Look how much they’ve missed by, right there.
That’s not even a good attempt.
There, right by the,
smacked my side of my face off this.
Well that’s bloody sharp so it is.
I guess this is to stop people going and helping themselves to that money. Right,
so I’ve been in the temple.
I was just in for a minute or so.
It’s just like the same as any Hindu temple you’ve been to,
so I’ve been to plenty before so it wasn’t
that interesting for me.
And I’m just gonna
get out of here and make my way to the hotel.
That’s impressive though, isn’t it?
Wonder what it’s made of.
How are you?
Good. You tuk tuk?
How much your tuk tuk cost?
Yes, but where are going?
How much Al Fresco Hotel? It’s near Trinco Blue. You know?
Yeah, Trinco Blue, yeah.
Eh, how much your tuk tuk?
Ah, too much.
450 last you.
250 I want to pay.
For one way.
What’s your name hotel?
Al Fresco Hotel. It’s near Trinco Blue.
Trinco Blue, last 400 okay?
Last 400? Nah, okay, I walk a little bit
[inaudible] to 400 sir, this one Fort Fredrick, I know place.
Okay, I walk a little bit and then ask someone to stop, okay? See you, bye.
Last price how much?
250, last price.
It’s not too far.
No I cannot.
I long place sir.
250, 250, really. I can get for 250 if I ask there.
Okay, last 300, okay?
Okay, 300, okay.
I take another tuk tuk, yes?
I take another tuk tuk.
Okay, the one here I take. Okay?
This, I take another.
Uh? He’s coming? He stop? He have parts?
Oh yeah, I stop.
You are taking me, yes?
Where you are from sir?
I’m from Scotland.
Oh, looks like it’s gonna rain, right?
It’s gonna be, ehhh, reception here. Okay, good.
Okay, 300 he said. Okay, thank you.
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
You think there’s going to be a storm?
Well at least it maybe cool me down a little bit. Not too hot.
Lovely beach holiday, huh?
Look how black that cloud is.
Storm is a brewing.
Luggage for a luggage?
Yeah, only this, yeah. It’s enough.
No need to take everything with me when I travel.
Just a few changes of clothes and some stuff like that.
Enough, yeah, finished.
Some people they take everything they own, they bring with them.
Some people, they have backpack same size as them.
Yeah, walking like this. This is stupid.
Especially girls, they need so much things.
For man, all he need is change some clothes. That’s it.
This my place. Okay, I ordered this wooden beach hut.
I ordered the beach hut.
You booking beach hut?
Yeah, yeah I’m sure.
I can show you my reservation.
I’m sure I booked this one. Yeah.
Let me check. I have airbnb on my phone.
Spacious beach front cabana in Trincomalee.
Oh, wait, wait, wait.
This here, spacious beach front cabana.
Uh huh, right, right, right.
This one, huh?
I give you,
Morning 10:30? You night you stay here and morning give you.
You don’t have one available or what?
Ah, yeah not available now.
Morning is possible.
Ah, that’s unfortunate.
Oh yeah. One night you stay here. Morning I give you.
You going to give me money back or what?
This room cost less, right?
Yeah, okay, no, I will try to less your money.
Give me less money? Okay.
I give you.
You give me some money back?
No problem, it’s okay.
Okay, no problem.
Thank you, eh.
Okay, okay, this my remote?
My key inside?
It’s okay. In the morning I talk to you, ah.
No problem. Thank you sir.
Now power cut.
Now a power cut?
So, okay. Ah, I understand.
And you stay here.
Okay, I’m gonna go for a walk.
Okay, but this is my room.
Okay, thank you sir.
And my key where? Oh it’s.
You have me key?
Yeah, it’s okay.
Okay, when the power cut stops I come back.
I just leave here. Okay, I go for a walk.
You can take key, yeah.
Okay, I go for a walk just now.
You put your bag.
What? Oh, no. I’d rather walk around with it. Just in case.
Eh, I lock.
Uh? Lock the door? Do you want me to?
Sometimes gets dusty.
Crocodile come in or monkey come in or deer or?
No, no, not coming sir. [laughter]
No monkeys here in Trinco?
Hi. How are you?
Strong. Strong, uh?
Okay, I guess this is what I’m supposed to be getting. One of these.
Not one of these wee ones. I seen them. They look tiny.
Didn’t fancy them. I booked one of these ones.
So it looks like they’ve only got three of them.
There’s somebody else I my bloody room, right now.
Loving their little beach front cabana.
While I stay in my pissy little room with no electricity.
Look at them. Been sipping beer on my porch.
That’s my bloody porch.
Oh look. Free coconuts. Brilliant.
Okay, so today’s plan’s kinda ruined.
I was expecting to get here two hours earlier than I did
but there was like 6 or 7 or maybe 8 army checkpoints along the way on the bus.
That was annoying and then
I was expecting to check in to one of these nice little wooden cabanas
where that guy’s sitting with his beer on my porch
and then I was gonna get changed and go for a swim in the sea.
Enjoy the beautiful sunshine and the beautiful beach
and it has not worked out as planned.
Unfortunately, that’s just the way things go, sometimes.
Don’t think I’m getting across here, am I?
Okay, give these guys a hand.
A big help, right? [laughter]
No, not really.
Where you from?
Me, from Scotland.
Yeah, you from Trinco?
All your life in Trinco, yeah?
What is it you are doing?
Oh, this for the fish catching?
So from here to all the way over there, the fish are coming?
This center net.
How many fish this one big net can get?
I dunno, maybe five thousand.
Maybe two thousand five hundred, like this.
One thousand, two thousands, ah?
And who do the fish belong to once you catch?
You share the fish, or?
Yeah, sharing this.
Ah, so you are all fishermen?
Yeah all fish men.
And everything you catch, you share between you?
And take to the market in the morning, yes?
Yeah, one thousand coming after
three percent give my boss.
Three percent give your boss?
Seven percent take old people.
Ah, okay. Okay, good.
This a good job for someone in Trinco, yeah?
Very hard job.
Morning time no more fish.
Hard work but you can earn good money for this type of job in Trinco?
Morning time very bad. This fish no come morning time.
Not come in the morning time? That’s why you do now?
Good luck, bad luck, I don’t know.
Ah, you only know once you pull in
and then you can check if it’s one thousand, five hundred,
one thousand five hundred?
Maybe one hundred, maybe.
Sometimes only one hundred?
And other times more than one thousand?
Ah, okay, so.
One thousand, one hundred, fifty came, fifty KG, like this.
A lot of variance. It’s like, eh,
Morning time only 10 KG.
Too much long.
This very near now. Morning time too much long.
Same, same group, eleven.
Same, same group.
Now only [inaudible].
How many fishermen? One, two, three, four, five, six,
This twenty people now.
Twenty people, huh?
Last week sixteen people.
Morning time fifteen are one people come.
What’s your name?
Oh me? I’m Dale.
I am Robin.
This an English name, right?
Christian? You’re a Christian? Ah, okay.
How many Christians are there in Trinco?
Only one? You are the only Christian?
This area only one.
And you don’t have a church here then, no?
Church there, yeah.
Here there’s one church? Ah, good.
This very bad now morning, this.
Like, sometimes good, sometimes no good, like this.
Sometimes big fish.
Sometimes big fish? Yes? And another time none?
You think today it’s going to be raining, right?
Yeah, I see.
Maybe next time coming a lot of fish.
Ah, okay. Oh, the rain is bringing more fish?
Oh, so he wants it to rain?
But the tourists, they don’t want it to rain
but the fisherman, they want the rain? Ah okay.
I don’t like it to raining.
You don’t like it to raining? But it’s good for the fishermen,
they can make more money? Oh, good.
You sit down sir.
Ah okay, thank you. What are you doing here?
I am business sir.
You are business for what?
I am, making this.
You are making the top?
Yeah top, ladies.
This for ladies, uh?
Yes, you want, like a man, yes, sometimes man take.
You are making from cotton?
Ah, I see.
Ah, I understand.
Oh, very nice.
This is [inaudible]
Ah okay, this traditional wear for Sri Lanka lady?
You want elephant? Elephant sarong.
Ah, I see many of these. [laughter]
Yeah, a bit too hippyish for me.
Ah, okay. Very nice.
You want help, buy one you take.
You want help business, no?
Oh, I don’t need this. For woman, for woman.
This is man, take.
This is man? Ah, I don’t need.
For me, I don’t need and also you can see how full my luggage is.
Yes, it really is full.
Oh, so that woman was nice but
her friend kinda trying to push me into the direction of buying some woman’s sarong.
[laughter] Which I really don’t want.
And then when I say I don’t want them, she’s trying to sell me elephant pants.
Anybody who knows me, knows that I hate elephant pants.
More than anything. [laughter]
Well, if I wanted pretty much a whole beach resort to myself,
I’ve pretty much got it. I mean,
It’s just the fishermen there and then everything else is dead.
It looks like it’s coming towards night time but it’s not
there’s still like a good hour and a half of daylight left at least. Maybe two hours.
It’s just these black clouds.
So, it looks like there’s just not many tourists here and the ones that are here are
probably inside by now, but
there’s a power cut, so
I’m just wandering about out here without much of a plan.
This is nice.
Wish I wasn’t carrying all this luggage, though.
Wait a minute. Why am I carrying all this luggage?
The guy gave me the keys, right?
What the hell am I doing? Why didn’t I leave this in my room?
Carrying this stupid bag.
Right, I’m gonna get rid of this bloody bag first and then I’m gonna go for a wee walk.
Aye, in fact, now that I can lock my stuff away
Uh, see I got confused by the whole check in process.
I didn’t know what was going on.
He had the door left open, and then
was I getting the key? Was I not getting the key?
And then, aye,
right, huh, I’m putting this bag away.
I’m putting this bag away and then I’m going, maybe even go for a wee swim.
Let me test how, if this water is warm or not.
Oh, it’s a wee bit cold.
It is a wee bit cold.
Okay, so that’s one of the wooden cabanas that I’m supposed to be staying in.
These ones right here, these are the wee Eco Cabanas.
Maybe have a wee peer though somebody’s window.
That’s one of the ones I was thinking about getting.
They were only about $20 a night.
But, eh, they’re tiny, aren’t they?
I think you just get a wee cube.
It’s just basically the bed fits in
the whole thing and then you’ve just got this wee cube for your shower / toilet
that you actually have to cross over, into.
Eh, I dunno.
A bit capsule hotel-ish. [laughter]
And that’s one of the ones I’m gonna be getting.
I think also, a double cube for your bathroom.
Maybe I can have a wee peer, through the window, considering
it’s supposed to be mine anyway.
Nah, got their curtains shut.
Ah, these are the guys. Stolen.
Stolen my bloody beach cabana.
Here we go.
Well, the room is bigger than the wooden cabana.
But, not as cool, is it?
What’s the bathroom like?
How do I even get into this thing?
Really? That doesn’t pull in either direction?
That’s, woah oh. What’s going on here?
Flickering light, Jesus, oh actually.
What is going on? The air conditioning’s got a mind of its own.
How do I get through here?
Well that’s nice innit?
Bathroom’s actually decent.
Where’s the light?
There we go.
Ah, the bathroom’s actually decent. Look at the size of this shower area.
They could have just turned that into a bath.
They’ve got enough space for it.
It’s just a waste of space that, innit?
And then the mirror,
can’t even see myself in the mirror there, gonna have to duck down.
Right, in my trunks. Let’s go for a wee swim.
I’m getting that dip in the sea after all.
It hasn’t started raining yet.
It looks like those fishermen have got their catch.
Wonder how much they got today.
Doesn’t look very much.
He was talking like a thousand fish.
Doesn’t look like a thousand fish to me.
Doesn’t look like a lot of fish for the amount of effort they’ve put in.
He was talking like a thousand fish, that looks like
Well, I guess I’m at the wrong part of the beach
if I want to see some fish under the water because
those guy’s have just taken all the fish that were under there.
So I guess I’m gonna have to go maybe further up a bit
if I want to see some fishes under here.
The water is quite clear,
as you can see.
Right, I’m gonna go put the GoPro away so I can do some proper swimming for half and hour or so.
The waves are pretty big.
Your man doesn’t know how to surf.
It would be nice if somebody could teach me, somebody.
There’s a diving school there. I don’t see any surfing school
but maybe that’s what I’ll do tomorrow.
See if I can get somebody to teach me how to surf.
These look like beginner waves.
Don’t they just? I can just imagine learning to surf on these.
Looks about perfect, doesn’t it?
Look at that.
And 70, okay.
Bro, I take this?
Oh, what is it? How much?
Eh, I dunno.
50? You want?
Okay, I buy for you, 50 no problem.
Okay, yeah no problem, I buy for you.
Oh, this for him. 50.
Okay, no problem. Okay,
Enjoy, enjoy these peanuts.
Yeah, and you like?
Ah, you give me some? Okay, good.
Okay, thank you.
Ah, give me a few.
It’s okay. This enough. Enough, enough, enough, okay.
Enough, enough. Finished, finished.
Oh, finished, finished.
Finish, finish, finish, finish.
[laughter] Okay, thank you.
See you my friend, I go back to my room.
See you. Bye bye.
Hi, room ready or not?
Ready? Okay, I give you this one.
You’ve got the AC on?
Okay, you got the key in the door?
I just walk? Which one? 1, 2 or 3?
101? Okay, I go now.
Okay, thank you. See you guys.
Apparently now my beachfront wooden cabana is ready.
I just have to walk over there.
Let’s go have a wee look shall we?
He says it’s number 101, the first one.
That is the one, where I said yesterday
that the guys were sitting on my porch.
I seen those ones checking out today.
Let’s see what we’ve got.
This whole beach area, pretty much to myself.
And here is my cabana.
With the room, the key in the door.
Okay, let’s have a look. Oh, very nice.
Look at this.
Would you look at this?
Let’s turn the light on.
And there we go. Enough bedding for three people, or one of me.
Stepping right out
onto my porch
and right on the beach. That’ll be nice.
Just run straight from the room
into the sea. Fantastic.
Hi, good morning.
Okay, the bathroom. Just the basic setup.
There, you’ve got like the shower over the toilet area and
pretty basic which is what I was expecting.
This is kinda connected to the wooden hut.
Which is good.
I’d rather that than having to share like a communal bathroom or something.
This is very nice, look. High ceiling.
Oh, I can just imagine chillin’ on that bed
with the fan whirring around.
and then stepping out of here
and just running straight into the sea.
And then back again.
Okay, so things turned out not bad in the end.
I got my beach hut.
I got my sunny nice day.
And I’m gonna go for a wee swim now
and that’s going to be the video guys, so please do give it a thumbs up.
Hope you enjoyed this adventure,
getting to Trincomalee and getting the beach hut
and getting a sunny nice day, and
I’ll see you on the next video.