We were out and about again today – grocery shopping to Battaramulla – so I figured I’d show some more pictures around, er, villages and towns and such.
Trishaw stands are where a group of trishaws will park, usually in fairly busy places, as they wait for a fare. They’re not officially designated areas, but pretty much everyone knows where they are.
This one is rather empty, although there were more trishaws to the right out of the picture.
Semis don’t exist here – the roads simply aren’t big enough and the traffic is far too heavy. There are bigger vehicles than this truck – like passenger busses that scare the bejebus out of me and other trucks that usually have wood panelling, and no, I don’t know why the wood panelling. But this is a fairly common type of vehicle here.
Note the two guys standing in the back – they may or may not travel in the back on the way to their destination. There may not be enough room in the cab for everyone that accompanies the vehicle.
Note the buildings behind and to the left of the truck. People will use whatever materials they can afford to make their buildings, and if that means no walls or pieces of scrap roofing pieced together like a puzzle, they’ll do it.
Both of these vehicles are jacked up with people working on them.
The vehicle on the left is a car. The vehicle on the right is an ice cream trishaw. Trishaw being a three-wheel automobile with a cooler on the back for selling ice cream out of. These trishaws roam neighborhoods looking for customers just like your ice cream trucks do. This one is selling Cargill’s Magic line of ice cream.
Please note the passengers are sitting in the back of the truck, with the woman on the left holding a baby in her lap (which you can’t see, but I saw as we passed the vehicle).
Please also note the registration number for the vehicle that’s painted on the back.