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#YQrtw recap: Apr 9 Sri Lanka: Guidebooks are not everything

I’m recapping my round-the-world trip from 2013 with a photo and memory from each day of the trip. The two might be totally different events or things.

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In the late afternoon, I took a bus out of Anuradhapura to Mihintale. I read about it in a guidebook and thought I must visit:

MIHINTALE, 12km east of Anuradhapura, is famous as the place where Buddhism was introduced to Sri Lanka.

I got on the right bus but it was very crowded. I managed to get a seat but the man standing in the aisle mistook my shoulder for his crotch stand. It was no fun and I kept leaning forward. The problem with micro sexual harrassment like this is you never know if it was deliberate or not.

I missed the stop at Mihintale and ended up walking for half an hour before reaching the site. It was getting dark and quite deserted. I put on my Brave Girl facade and walked the stairs of the hill but only halfway because it didn’t feel right.

I didn’t reach the top and decided to return to the homestay before sun set. The only thing I dislike about travelling solo is having to be on CONSTANT VIGILANCE throughout the trip.

I also decided I won’t just visit a place because it’s in the guidebook and I do need to do at least a bit of planning.

 

Read the original post from Apr 9, 2013: Sri Lanka: Lost in Anuradhapura [YQrtw Day 2 Apr 9]

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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