The new bus route
A brief solar eclipse will pass through Jaffna this Friday. Taking the bus up there to check it out. Jaffna is the new destination, full of political candidates and all and sundry. I have never been and for much of my life considered it off limits. This is a place with LTTE memorials, where last election the LTTE forced a boycott. But now the road is open and, god willing, Jaffna can take its place as a kick-ass city in the world. I am excited for the 10 minutes of eclipse, and also to see Jaffna for the first time.
You can drive to Jaffna but I think it would take like 10-12 hours. I think one can get to Vavuniya in 6 or 7 hours, and it looks like at least three more up. And that’s in ideal conditions. Still might drive, but it would also be nice to sleep. Can rent some push bikes or scooters up there I think. I don’t know how long the bus takes but I can sleep almost anywhere. It costs Rs. 3,600 two way, you can contact 011 242 9673 in Colombo. It’s run by the state owned newspaper printer, strangely enough.
I don’t know too much about this eclipse, but it seems to take a very narrow path, only showing a full eclipse in a 300km strip that passes between Sri Lanka and India. We literally have to go to the edge of the island to see it, but why not. Now we can.