|Map of the temple complex.|
|The entrance to the main temple|
|People make their offerings.|
I gave him another 100 and he handed me back the two notes and told me he didn't want the money. Boy oh boy. I wished I had done my research first and checked out the going rate! I had obviously mortally insulted him. At the same time, our tour had resembled speed dating. Move to a certain point, get the required information in as short a time as possible and then move on! So I took our money and put it back into kitty as he obviously wasn't going to accept it.
|This image did not fit with my traditional image of a monk. |
Monks were the only ones I saw using smart phones in Sri Lanka
|Notice in the library.|
|Hall of Worship|
|Hall of Worship|
|the Story of the Sacred Relic is told in pictures around the Hall of Worship|
I wandered around the main temple area. The flower offerings were beautiful and so many people sitting in the floor praying.
|More offerings. I am not sure what was inside these parcels.|
|Do you think they have done this once too often? None of them look very enthusiastic!|
|No chance we were going to miss the fanfare.|
So approximately 45 minutes later we all met up again, the shoes were retrieved, Maggie shot off for an Anglican church she had spotted just outside the grounds.
|The Anglican Church|
|The Temple Grounds|
|Ancient Bodhi Tree|
Once more our return journey was 5½ hours and this time the driver planned on non-stop. We hadn't eaten since 07.30 and had been rushing around the place like lunatics.. Eventually we managed to persuade him we needed to stop for lunch. He found a restaurant, we took one look, decided hunger pangs were better than food poisoning and moved on. We were back on the road. An hour later he stopped at a tea house and said this was all that was open on a Sunday. So it was a cup of coffee, there was no food. It was a long uncomfortable journey after a very frustrating morning.We were glad to reach our hotel, collect our bags and move into our new rooms.
What a waste of a weekend, we spent all our time on the road, approximately 11 hours for 2 hours sightseeing. I decided no more trying to please others.I had passed on the elephant farm, tried to mediate between Maggie and Sue at the temple. Enough! I have not been to Sri Lanka before or will I be touring again after volunteering. Saga might have organised my hotel for the next weekend but I will make my own travel plans and actually see what I would like to see.
Being nice is overrated!
Or maybe I should take the advice of all Buddhas?