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Colombo Hovels

Since getting back to Sri Lanka I've spent most of the last two weeks looking for somewhere for us to live in Colombo, as Faye's now working in the capital full-time. So day after day I've gone off with Dave, our useless estate agent, who's taken me from one overpriced hovel to another - a long string of houses and apartments that you would just want to top yourself in.

As soon as the landlords see that you're "a foreigner" the price of whatever squat they're attempting to rent triples and they begin insisting on one year's rent upfront. Irritatingly, because Colombo gets it's share of expats on expenses, they often get whatever they ask for. At this rate we're going to end up living in the shanty town down the road.

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