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borolad01642 Posted on 24/10/2018 06:58
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Due to go in 2 weeks time but havent booked flights yet.....

Keep checking the forecast and it doesn't show much signs of letting up!! [xx(]

Anyone been in November before? Think the weather will be ok?
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CardiffDaffs Posted on 24/10/2018 07:15

Sri Lanka

 
Donít worry. Not a great idea to play the one day series in October. Itís the rain season. November will be much better believe you me.
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borolad01642 Posted on 24/10/2018 07:33

Sri Lanka

 
Hope your right mate.....looking forward to doing some trekking around, but the main reason for going was to watch some cricket and have a few days on the beach [^]
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Holgate69 Posted on 24/10/2018 21:25

Sri Lanka

 
See you out there. Canít wait.
☀️🍺🏏🏖
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7_The_Informer Posted on 25/10/2018 00:01

Sri Lanka

 
Flying in on17th Nov with another Boro lad. Trekking, lying on a beach and going to the 3rd test.
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TeesTees Posted on 25/10/2018 01:57

Sri Lanka

 
Forecast for them types of areas generally always say its due rain dont they? As most days it does rain for an hour or so in some parts
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borolad01642 Posted on 25/10/2018 04:37

Sri Lanka

 
Anyone bought tickets for the cricket yet?

Ive read some horror stories about the price they are charging....I assumed you could pay on the gate for a few quid!!
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7_The_Informer Posted on 25/10/2018 04:47

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The high prices are for corporate tickets which include free drinks and t shirts and stuff. A couple of quid if you donít want those.

Weíre supposed to be getting hospitality tickets but if that doesnít work out, weíll be getting them on the gate.
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borolad01642 Posted on 25/10/2018 05:16

Sri Lanka

 
Are you already over there?

Weather forecast doesnt look great but not sure accurate it is......
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hewielewie Posted on 25/10/2018 09:26

Sri Lanka

 
Going on Sunday 4th.

Don't forget your visa
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Holgate69 Posted on 25/10/2018 21:02
Edited On: 26/10/2018 10:29
Sri Lanka

 
Heading out on the 3rd

Iíve been in touch with the hotels that Iíve booked, theyíre getting tickets for me & im paying on arrival.

Appears quite a few Boro fans heading out.
Hope we can all have a meet up over a few beers.
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7_The_Informer Posted on 26/10/2018 02:16

Sri Lanka

 
Yeah, see you in Colombo hopefully. Maybe we ca get a Boro team together for Quiz night in the Manchester Bar on Wednesday nights....
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borolad01642 Posted on 26/10/2018 04:39

Sri Lanka

 
Me and Mrs are planning on staying in the Marino Beach hotel for a couple of nights......not far from the Manchester Bar [^]
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Holgate69 Posted on 26/10/2018 10:28

Sri Lanka

 
Sounds like a plan. See you out there guys. Safe travels #UTB
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asredastheycome Posted on 29/10/2018 16:51

Sri Lanka

 
Holgate have you been given a price for tickets or wont you know until you get there
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Holgate69 Posted on 30/10/2018 18:49
Edited On: 31/10/2018 10:55
Sri Lanka

 
Apologise mate just seen your post. I got hotel to get me tickets. Had email this morning saying theyíd got them. Cost me an extortionate amount of £5.72 in total for first test.


Also received email this morning saying tickets are on general sale to all fans at local prices.

See link for details.

When are you heading out?

Link: Tickets
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Sortie Posted on 30/10/2018 19:20

Sri Lanka

 
Don't forget to start singing once you're through passport control.

Link: Should get you some attention
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Holgate69 Posted on 30/10/2018 19:41

Sri Lanka

 
😂😂
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asredastheycome Posted on 31/10/2018 01:12

Sri Lanka

 
Thanks Holgate. We go on 12th for second two tests.
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asredastheycome Posted on 31/10/2018 01:18

Sri Lanka

 
The Kandy ones are not on sale as yet.
Working link below.

Link: Tickets
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borolad01642 Posted on 31/10/2018 04:22

Sri Lanka

 
We are planning on heading to Kandy on the Train and buying tickets when we arrive. Also we havent booked any accommodation.

Im guessing we will find digs no problem??
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hewielewie Posted on 31/10/2018 10:06

Sri Lanka

 
Flying to Galle on Sunday morning for the week.
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Holgate69 Posted on 31/10/2018 10:54

Sri Lanka

 
See you out there. I intend using train between venues.
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CheshireBoro Posted on 31/10/2018 10:56

Sri Lanka

 
Train between venues for me too - I fly next week, and going to Galle and Kandy.
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7_The_Informer Posted on 31/10/2018 11:38

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Taxis and cars with drivers are cheap.

Me and my mate have hired a big people carrier with english-speaking driver for 3 days to go from Colombo to Sirigiya and the total cost is not much over a hundred quid...
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CheshireBoro Posted on 31/10/2018 11:47

Sri Lanka

 
They are cheap, certainly - in fact everything is cheap there.

I just prefer getting the train - love a good train journey.
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1finny Posted on 01/11/2018 15:58

Sri Lanka

 
The Informer
Have you a contact out there for travel?
There are 7 of us staying near Sigiriya and we need transport to a nature reserve
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7_The_Informer Posted on 02/11/2018 01:24

Sri Lanka

 
Finny - there are these two options who weíve been in contact with:

1) email nvlstourr@gmail.com

2) Facebook.com/travelinglanka or you can WhatsApp Sajith on +94714226677

Those are the two weíve been in contact with so far.
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borolad01642 Posted on 02/11/2018 04:28

Sri Lanka

 
The weather forecast still doesn't[sad][sad] look great
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1finny Posted on 02/11/2018 07:29

Sri Lanka

 
Cheers Informer [^]
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7_The_Informer Posted on 02/11/2018 12:11

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Try the first one finny. The second one doesnít have a vehicle big enough. Just heard from him last night on what he has.
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asredastheycome Posted on 02/11/2018 18:31
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Sri Lanka

 
See the papers are saying there is a chance the Kandy test might be moved to Colombo. That would really throw a spanner in our plans.
Hope it gets sorted.

Link: Link
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borolad01642 Posted on 03/11/2018 03:43

Sri Lanka

 
That would bugger me right up.......
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borolad01642 Posted on 03/11/2018 12:45

Sri Lanka

 
All sorted......but why do fans need a police escort??? [xx(][:O]

Link: d mail
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Holgate69 Posted on 04/11/2018 15:09

Sri Lanka

 
Arrived in Colombo at 05:50 this morning.
So pleased I booked a private cab to resort after the flight was absolutely shattered.
I would have struggled on trains after that journey.

Gorgeous weather this morning on beach in Kikkadewa heaven opened around 5pm for 10 min then thunder strike for around 30 mins or so from 7pm

Place is swarming with cricket fans.

Safe travels all.
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borolad01642 Posted on 05/11/2018 03:59

Sri Lanka

 
Im arriving early on Friday morning, have also booked a pick-up to the hotel.

Will stay in Colombo for 3/4 days then head up to Kandy on the train [^]
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1finny Posted on 05/11/2018 07:17

Sri Lanka

 
Colombo restaurant for you
If you like crab
Iíll be there 29th Dec

Link: Owned by cricketers
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borolad01642 Posted on 06/11/2018 03:28

Sri Lanka

 
Looks good Finny.

We are planning on taking the train from Colombo to Kandy on the 11th or 12th.....hoping its not going to be too busy with cricket fans that we cant get a seat! [sad]
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flute_loop Posted on 06/11/2018 13:31

Sri Lanka

 
5/6 nights in Negombo or 5/6 nights in Beruwala...which is better?
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borolad01642 Posted on 08/11/2018 09:14

Sri Lanka

 
Leaving for the airport in 4 hours [:D]
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7_The_Informer Posted on 08/11/2018 12:48

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finny - Iíve been told by people whoíve lived there that the only reason to go to that restaurant is because of the owners. The food itís,even isnít up to much.

Iíll probably still go like, but just passing on what Iíve been told.

I leave in 9 days. Got a work trip to Florida to go to first though....
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asredastheycome Posted on 08/11/2018 12:58

Sri Lanka

 
Saw Holgate69 flag near the scoreboard today.
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1finny Posted on 08/11/2018 16:14

Sri Lanka

 
Informer
Yes - its all about the experience. Let me know if you get there.
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Holgate69 Posted on 09/11/2018 13:30

Sri Lanka

 
Great win that.
Team showed character after a dreadful first morning.

Any Boro fans in or around Galle Sunday , English fans heading to Galle Fort for Remembrance Sunday.

#LestWeForget.

See you guys in Kandy 🏏🌞🍺
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Holgate69 Posted on 11/11/2018 03:34

Sri Lanka

 
Safe travels out guys.
Being plenty of sun cream itís freeking Scorchio
🌞👍🍹🏖
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asredastheycome Posted on 11/11/2018 10:09

Sri Lanka

 
Is there any bars in Kandy where Boro fans meet up.

What's the prices of drinks and food like.

Can you get a beer in the ground or do you bring your own. Heard there was nothing around the ground for second test.

We arrive Tuesday.
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Holgate69 Posted on 11/11/2018 13:25

Sri Lanka

 
Iím traveling from Hikkaduwa to Kandy Tuesday morning. Going straight to ground to pick up tickets. If I get there early enough Iíll post an update on here on facilities around ground.
Beer food very cheap , yes beer &
reasonable selection of food on sale in the grounds
Quite a few fans get a pass out at lunch and go to
A local boozer.

Be great if Boro fans could get together. Seen on another thread that fans plan to meet up at Manchester Bar in Colombo.


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Holgate69 Posted on 12/11/2018 09:49

Sri Lanka

 
Just had a messyfrom a mate who got into Kandy Sunday morning. Heís said not a great deal of drinking establishments / pubs
More restaurants based. Heís researching area now Iíll keep you posted

Iím enjoying last day on Hikkaduwa beach. What a fantastic area. Highly recommend.
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Holgate69 Posted on 12/11/2018 09:49

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Just had a messyfrom a mate who got into Kandy Sunday morning. Heís said not a great deal of drinking establishments / pubs
More restaurants based. Heís researching area now Iíll keep you posted

Iím enjoying last day on Hikkaduwa beach. What a fantastic area. Highly recommend.
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asredastheycome Posted on 12/11/2018 11:16

Sri Lanka

 
Our lad has done some online research so we will see how that pans out when we arrive in Kandy tomorrow lunchtime.[^]
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7_The_Informer Posted on 12/11/2018 14:21

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Holgate - weíre going down there for a few days after the Colombo test, canít wait. Not flying out until Sat though, business trip to Florida first...
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Holgate69 Posted on 13/11/2018 08:47

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Arrived in Kandy about 2 hours ago.
Been to Stadium to collect tickets. No hassle at all very efficient. Get the impression could be a little more difficult tomorrow.
Ground looks fantastic

Going on beer hunt in a while.
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asredastheycome Posted on 13/11/2018 10:05

Sri Lanka

 
We are at stadium getting our tickets now. Have you found any decent bars.
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rumrunner Posted on 13/11/2018 10:25

Sri Lanka

 
Have a great time bagman, just flying off for the away day
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asredastheycome Posted on 13/11/2018 11:13

Sri Lanka

 
Bet I will enjoy this more than you enjoy the Away Day. Say hello to everyone for me especially Neil.
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asredastheycome Posted on 13/11/2018 12:18

Sri Lanka

 
We are currently in Slightly Chilled Lounge. Happy Hour until 7 and it's 400 for a big bottle of Lion beer. Around £2.
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hewielewie Posted on 13/11/2018 12:55

Sri Lanka

 
Those who were at Galle, did you see the lion and also how funny was the streaker on the 4th day? [:D][:D][:D]
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asredastheycome Posted on 13/11/2018 13:16

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What Lion, ask a few who were there and they don't know what mean.
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asredastheycome Posted on 13/11/2018 13:36

Sri Lanks

 
Ben Stokes, Jennings, Broad, Collingwood and Stone drinking and eating in bar ATM. Don't we have a game tomorrow. I thought they had their own chef's as well.
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hewielewie Posted on 13/11/2018 14:27

Sri Lanks

 
Bloke dressed as a lion who was there on the 4th day. Where abouts were you?
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Holgate69 Posted on 13/11/2018 14:40

Sri Lanks

 
Bugger left about 30 mins ago as food orders taking forever. Seen the players in there.
See you guys in ground tomorrow.
Barmy Army HQís are Chilled Lounge & The Pub
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asredastheycome Posted on 13/11/2018 15:15

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Holgate69 my brother said are you the guy with the red face and glassed[8)] as he thought he recognised you.
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rumrunner Posted on 13/11/2018 15:28

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You just described me there Arthur 😂😂😂
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asredastheycome Posted on 15/11/2018 13:25
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Sri Lanks

 
Having a beer with Holgate69 in the Slightly Chilled Lounge. [^]
Any other Boro lads in area come on down.
Down to a single innings game now with slight edge forSri Lanka. Let's get it on.
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asredastheycome Posted on 15/11/2018 15:32

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Cheshire_Boro are you in Kandy now. If so look for Holgate69 flag or ours which is just Middlesbrough for a meet up. We also sit near the Boro 1876 flag on the afternoon.
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Holgate69 Posted on 15/11/2018 18:24

Sri Lanks

 
Great to meet you guys at last.
Thoroughly enjoyed your company.

See you in the ground tomorrow 👍

Looking forward to Boro group getting together in Manchester Bar in Colombo
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hopesoboro Posted on 15/11/2018 20:03

Sri Lanks

 
Lucky old Colombo, that's what I say![xx(]
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asredastheycome Posted on 16/11/2018 17:41

Sri Lanks

 
Got a game to win here first.
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Holgate69 Posted on 18/11/2018 18:26

Sri Lanks

 
Another great night out with Boro guys
Day chilling by pool tomorrow then onto Colombo.
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7_The_Informer Posted on 18/11/2018 18:28

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Got to Colombo today and went to the Manchester Bar this evening (20+ hours from New York).

Weíre heading to Sigiriya tomorrow but weíll be back on Wed evening in the Manchester Bar for the pub quiz.
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Holgate69 Posted on 19/11/2018 06:22

Sri Lanks

 
Arriving in Colombo tomorrow afternoon. 👍
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asredastheycome Posted on 19/11/2018 12:08

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Last night in Kandy. Bar is much quieter tonight. Everyone either moved on to Colombo or gone home. What to make if Kandy?? Strange place, lots of beautiful green areas but seems to be a massive gap between the rich and most of population who seem to be eking out an existence way below any bread line lots of buildings little more than derelict. That said the people are wonderful. Really friendly and helpful and always smiling. Wished we had more time for sightseeing around cricket but have a few spare days to look around at Columbo. Onwards and upwards. Hopefully a few more bars. Not many at all here.
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Holgate69 Posted on 20/11/2018 16:47

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Just had a few beers in Manchester Bar.
Pretty cool place.
Staff on the ball & very friendly.

Had a word with gaffer to expect a group of Boro fans tomorrow night 😂.

Indian restaurant next door looks very good.


Had s look at menu & will definitely be giving it a go.
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7_The_Informer Posted on 20/11/2018 17:49

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Darren at the Manchester bar is a good lad - I only met him on Sunday for the first time but Boro Chris, who Iím traveling with and is not on here used to be a local there when he lived here for 4 years recently. Agra next door, the restaurant, is supposed to be really good for what he said.

Just a note that it is Poya on Thursday (full moon holiday), so bars will close at midnight on Wed and be closed all Thursday and you canít get any alcohol in your hotel either, so you may want to buy take outs on Wed.
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asredastheycome Posted on 21/11/2018 07:35

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Cheers Informer would not have known that.
So it's drinking and socialising today and the to The Manchester tonight for quiz and meet up. Tomorrow will be a drink free sight seeing day followed by a nice meal with a couple of beers chilling for when we get back👍😀.
Any recommendations of what to see in Colombo would help narrow it down and nice restaurants.
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1finny Posted on 21/11/2018 10:16

Sri Lanks

 
Whatís the crack with currency?
Just been told the max you can take in is £26 of currency and to stock up on US dollars.
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7_The_Informer Posted on 21/11/2018 12:01

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Not sure about recommendations but we can talk to some of the locals tonight. I just got back to Colombo from Sigiriya. Iíll head to the Manchester for 7:30. Quiz starts at 8
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7_The_Informer Posted on 21/11/2018 12:03

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Finny, I brought in $500 in cash and changed most of that to rupees. No one checked how much I brought in and it didnít ask on the customs form.

Everything in cash is paid for in rupees here so not sure why you want to stock up on dollars. Credit cards will be fine in most restaurants in Colombo.
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asredastheycome Posted on 23/11/2018 12:50
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Sri Lanks

 
Finny we just brought all English money. Same exchange when you come through airport as it was in bank ye.sterday
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asredastheycome Posted on 26/11/2018 14:00

Sri Lanks

 
Great win
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7_The_Informer Posted on 26/11/2018 14:33
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Sri Lanks

 
Great win. Weíve been in the Manchester since the close of play. Darren said you boys (Holgate in particular) were in here late last night...

Did you go to Floors by O for the Barmy Army party?
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MT89 Posted on 26/11/2018 15:23

Sri Lanks

 
saw the Cleveland bay, boro flag on the TV
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Holgate69 Posted on 28/11/2018 21:53

Sri Lanks

 
Just arrived back in 🇬🇧 😢
Manchester is a great bar
Very relaxing, welcoming. Staff so friendly.
Darrenís a top guy. Didnít get chance to say goodbye last night.

Looking forward to going back in 2020
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asredastheycome Posted on 29/11/2018 05:09

Sri Lanks

 
That's us settings off home now. Great time.
Met some great people here. Holgate69 aka Bryan, The Informer aka Matt or Ross as I kept calling him. He flew in from New York. Paul and Marion from Redcar, Jack and Carol from Wendsleydale who support Burnley. They spend 3 to 5 month's every year backpacking somewhere sunny during out winter. Not a bad life. People in Colombo just as friendly as Kandy. A bit more affluent but that's maybe just the bits we saw. Great place. Think I would come back but leave a bit more time to look around the rest of the country. Had a great time but later today we'll be home getting ready for Villa Game.
Negumno beach was a wash out with torrential storms but it was only one day.
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borolad01642 Posted on 29/11/2018 13:00

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I got back a few days ago......fantastic time and place!!!

Only managed to get to 1 day of the cricket (1st day at Kandy) but loved SL!

Will deffo be going back! [^]
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7_The_Informer Posted on 30/11/2018 02:04

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It was great to meet you all in Colombo. I had a great time and definitely planning on coming back in 2020.

Headed down south yesterday to a nice beach hotel and heading to Galle fort today before flying back tomorrow night :(. At least only at work for 2 weeks before heading back to the UK for Christmas. When I get back though, Kirky will be visiting NYC. That could be a bit mental [:D]
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