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#YQrtw recap: Apr 8 Sri Lanka: First day - YQtravelling
Sri Lanka Colombo Train Station

#YQrtw recap: Apr 8 Sri Lanka: First day

On April 8, 2013, I started my 130-day round-the-world trip. Though it’s only three years ago, it feels a lot longer. I’m glad I kept short blog entries while travelling because I can’t remember much of what happened day-to-day.

For the next 130 days, I will pick a photo from my trip and try to remember as best as I can what happened that day.

Our memories are the worst keepers of actual events so I might get things mixed up. I might not even remember most of the events or even the location.

Having time as a buffer helps in another way. I’m able to see things more subjectively instead of being heated up by events in the moment.

So follow me on this 130-day journey again! I’ll see you on the other side of the world.

#YQrtw Day 1: Apr 8, 2013

Sri Lanka Colombo Train Station
Sri Lanka Colombo Train Station


First day of the trip! I missed the train I wanted to catch and ended up on a later train. I bought a ticket for second class so I had a seat.

The view outside the train from Colombo to Anuradhapura with its green foliage and wide sky looked very much like Sabah. I felt comforted by this.

But during the journey (was it six hours?), I kept having flashes of the times I messed up at work. It was horrible. All the cold sweat and fear from long ago lingered on. It would take me a few more months before I got rid of that.

I arrived at Anuradhapura late. A tuk-tuk driver drove me to the homestay. The driver insisted that he had known the homestay owner since forever. But the homestay owner later told me he had not seen the driver before.

I was very confused. But now I realized that the driver was pretending to know the homestay owner to seem more reliable. I am probably naive to think that most human beings operate on honesty. I still think honesty is best.



The actual post from Apr 8, 2013

Sri Lanka: Colombo-Anuradhapura train ride [YQrtw Day 1 Apr 8]

More about Liau Yun Qing

Yun Qing is a writer, improviser and curious person. She loves finding little adventures in life. In 2013, she went on a 130-day round-the-world trip. She wrote a book to help those who also want to go on a career break.

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