Sunday, 24 July 2011

I've got a ticket to ride

I think I'm gonna be sad.
I think it's today.


The girl that's drivin' me mad
Is goin' away.
She's got a ticket to ride.
She's got a ticket to ride.
She's got a ticket to ride,
But she don't care.

It was Yuki's idea. I got back from New Zealand on Friday and she said, "Why don't we take your new Programme Coordinator Keti Khurtsia, and Woody's friend Pete out to Mount Lavinia by train on Sunday.."
It cost 10 US cents for a 15 km train ride, one way, and what 'a ticket to ride.'
Yuki, Elena, Keti, Woody and Nikko. Pete somehow avoided the group photo.
And then there was the sign that gave sage advice. Engineer Woody spotted it. My goodness, Engineers spot all liabilities, defects, signs and wonders.

" Daddy, are they chickens in that box?" Niikko and Woody looking at a box of chicken's that got on at the last station, without tickets we think.
Finally at Mount Lavinia station. We've found Pete, on the extreme right, still celebrating Australia's victory over South Africa in rugby yesterday.
At Mount Lavinia Hotel, which was made famous for being a key part in the movie 'The Bridge on the River Kwai.'

Keti with one of the doormen at Mt. Lavinia Hotel, a true relic of the Raj.

From Mt. Lavinia looking north towards Colombo.

I've got a ticket to ride............ and She don't care.....
"Bob, that's your apartment over there," says Yuki.
                                                              Colombo Railway Station
Nikko enjoying the journey on Woody's lap.

Sri Lankan's are among the most generous people in the world. On the train, a blind man plays a mouth organ. Even the poorest travellers give him a coin.
A train trip to Mount Lavinia is a wonderful day out. Here we are back in Colombo.


Marja said...

Oh you're back Just in time We are stuck in the snow here now. What a beautiful pictures I love the smiley face of Nikko and the palmtrees. Great idea to go on a train ride. We are going to do that next year as well when we go to Holland. You see everything so much better

Bob McKerrow - Wayfarer said...

Hi Marja. The photos of the snow in Christchurch make me envious. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Train trips are fun and you see the country as it really is, from a carriage.

Take care, Bob

Donald said...

Dear Bob

Lovely playful post. Light and airy and nice images.

Seems you had a good trip back.

Interesting weather cycles here. Keeps all on our toes.



Bob McKerrow - Wayfarer said...

Hi Donald,

Playful is an apt word. as adults, we need to play as children a nd not be afraid to look silly sometimes.

Yes, I have seen some dramatic winter photos on NZ websites today. When will we see your winter photos?

Anjana Dayal de Prewitt (Gudia) said...

Very nice post... love the sign at the train station... they seem to be inspired from the humanitarian world where volunteers are constantly trained and sometimes 'detrained' from the previous programs. Just kidding... :-)

your photos from Sri Lanka refresh my lovely memories of the mission there... thanks for sharing them

Bob McKerrow - Wayfarer said...

Pleased you like the sign at the station. You can read anything into it. But a delightful trip, in a beautiful country.

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