My bags & I are confined to a space maybe the size of a phone box, a space that seems to be shrinking by the minute. There are Sri Lankans everywhere, including hanging out the open windows & doors, yet they still pile in at every stop/opportunity. They are all intently interested in me, probably wondering what I, clearly not a local, am doing on this very locals-only mode of transport. What I’m doing is making my way to Galle in the south of the country, having arrived late last night into the frenetic Sri Lankan capital of Colombo off a flight from Korea. The train trip is 1-hour-old already meaning my ultimate destination of Unawatuna, a beach village just south of Galle, is still about another 2 hours away. I might try to take a few pictures to pass the time although in this cramped environment that might just prove beyond me.

Standing room only on the Colombo to Galle train, Sri Lanka. August 31st 2012.

Standing room only on the Colombo to Galle train. With space at such a premium, I had to take this picture unframed with the camera well above my head. Given the effort this picture required, it was only one I captured on the 3-hour journey to Galle. August 31st 2012.

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I felt liberated having gotten off the train. There were still people everywhere on Galle Station platform but at least they were not physically on top of me. Here are a few pictures captured on the busy platform shortly after getting off the train, my first foray into photographing Sri Lanka on this the first full day on my first visit to the country.

On the march in Galle train station, Southern Sri Lanka, August 31st 2012.

On the march in Galle train station, Southern Sri Lanka, August 31st 2012.

Galle train station, southern Sri Lanka, August 31st 2012.

Smiles – no doubt because he has a seat. Galle train station, southern Sri Lanka, August 31st 2012.

Waiting to depart Galle train station in southern Sri Lanka, August 31st 2012.

Waiting to depart Galle train station in southern Sri Lanka, August 31st 2012.

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