Travel Blogs from Hambantota, Sri Lanka

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And so the team blog continues, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

And so the team blog continues

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... yellowness, as is most of the floor! We also entertained ourselves with our very own warpaint!   The afternoon was spent in Hambantota town, as we needed to pick up a few things. E.g. Simcards, phones, henna and use the Internet café. The Internet ...

Do you have servants?, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Do you have servants?

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Today I was amused by one of the questions Melanii (a teacher) asked me...."do you have servants in England?" The thing is, it was a genuine question so I explained indeed we didn't.   Today the older preschoolers started to learn how to write ...

Rain andd no electric-a perfect Saturday!, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Rain andd no electric-a perfect Saturday!

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Yesterday was a picnic compared to Thursday's antics! The older preschool class where drawing with stencils and grasping the concept of using scissors. The younger class colored in a bunch of bananas that I had drawn - that's the height of my creativity. ...

Summing up, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Summing up

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A video to sum up the past 5 and a half months.....enjoy!! ...

Team weekend no1, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Team weekend no1

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... happy they were despite how little they had.   On Sunday morning we attended, quite possibly, the longest church service in Sri Lanka. It started as 930am and finished after Midday. The service was translated into English for us, and was lead by ...

C for Crocodile, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

C for Crocodile

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... preparing them. They also have exams in maths, Sinhala and I think the final subject is along the lines of Social Studies. Had another Sri Lanka breakfast today. This time it was noodles and potatoes in a sauce. It's funny how this now seems ...

Back to the South, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Back to the South

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We left the hotel at 5am to travel back to Hambantota. Made it back just before 10am so it really pays off to set off before hitting the rush hour traffic.   Yesterday was a very relaxing day at the hotel. While Mark slept for a few hours, I caught ...

One big birthday party, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

One big birthday party

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... wasn't supposed to be taking it, but ended up doing so. So the first thing we played was "musical statues" - that's culture for you!  Sri Lankans have some good dance moves! They enjoyed it and by the end of it, it was hard to get anyone out. I then ...

Up late tonight!, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Up late tonight!

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... our new housemate (translator) is coming on Friday after his driving test. To be fair, from experiencing their driving, you wouldn't think Sri Lankans took driving tests, but apparently they do! It'll be good to see a few different faces about the ...

This is the day, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

This is the day

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Today was the start of the 2.5day kids camp at church. It is running from 8am-10pm, and finishing before the Sunday morning church service. Ages range from about 4 right up until 15 and I counted around 40 kids. All the children are sleeping in the ...

We've found him....we've found Banda!!, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

We've found him....we've found Banda!!

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... to be getting on with. In the morning time we went with Nayani to Samodagama School, a very poor school in a deprived part of Hambantota. We had heard that they had a cricket team in need of equipment so we decided to take them one of the cricket sets ...

Little power, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Little power

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... ; Again after school was "Body parts". The class today was older so had more knowledge. They didn't know "arms". - it still hasn't been perfected though as there are around 15 kids running around Hambantota with 2 "orma".  We'll get there ...

Bringing out my artistic side, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Bringing out my artistic side

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In Preschool today, they were drawing fruit bowls! It is something else when a 4/5year old can produce a better drawing than you. There was also a parents meeting for the preschool parents. This was to inform of the Sports day that is happening at the ...

And she's down...., Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

And she's down....

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... empty, which will fill overnight, so we have 1 shower between 5 of us! On the plus side, we were at the beach to see Sri Lanka's amazing sunset.   And as I type, Mr Gordon is flying back to England. He shall return as he's left his beloved hat!! ...

Everyone say cheese, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Everyone say cheese

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... night!   The comical highlight of today was Gordon learning how to cook! He wanted to know how to make this delicious Sri Lankan steamed pudding so Parody (the cook) with Gourie her able assistant, came over for a cooking demonstration. Mark and I ...

It's raining, it's pouring....but it's still warm!, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

It's raining, it's pouring....but it's still warm!

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So it has rained on and off all day today, but our spirits weren't dampened! I was interested to see how the day would work, especially for preschool, as they spend most of their time outside. It all worked out well - we were able to improvise and all in ...

The old and the new, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

The old and the new

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Today we left at 8a, for Galle. Galle is the fourth largest town in Sri Lanka and is divided into the old town, which is contained within a fort, and the new town.   Before exploring Galle, we went a few miles outside to a beach where you can go ...

Is it Christmas already?, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Is it Christmas already?

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It's been a busy and tiring few days. Wednesday was Poya, which is a Buddhist festival. It happens every month when there's a full moon so everywhere, including the school, are closed for the day. On Tuesday after school we traveled up to Colombo as we ...

Saturday minus electricity, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Saturday minus electricity

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Have just put dinner in the oven - am very hungry so looking forward to our chicken, potatoes and carrots! the electric has been off from 9am and came on again around 5pm so it's been a very lazy day. The height of our expeditions was a walk down to the ...

Lots and Lots of aliya, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Lots and Lots of aliya

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Today we went to an elephant park where 500 wild elephants roam free over 73000acres, or maybe it was 7300acres! This meant another jeep ride, although I have to say it was the tamest so far. The elephants came right up to the jeep. The tour guide seemed ...

It's been a month, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

It's been a month

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How independent the preschoolers have come - today they didn't want the teachers to do the Hokey Pokey with them, so we had to stand back and watch from afar. Well they needed some prompts now and then!   Today didn't do too badly with the lack of ...

Weekend round up, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Weekend round up

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Yesterday afternoon while sitting outside listening to music, a lovely snake crawled out in front of me. It's been a few weeks now since the last sighting. Maybe it was the mysterious one that was never found in the school or perhaps ones of its friends. ...

Toilet anyone?!, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Toilet anyone?!

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... ! The journey from Colombo to Hambantota should usually take between 5-6hours, but today it took 8-9 hours. This is because we had Sri Lanka's slowest driver who also seemed to get a bit lost and would only take directions from his wife who did not know ...

Indescribable, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Indescribable

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After 5 weeks, we are well into our Sunday routine! It has also become the day that makes up for our lack of exercise throughout the week! We make the 1.5 km stroll to church and back again. In the heat of the morning, it seems like quite a distance! ...

Moths, baby food and plane tickets, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Moths, baby food and plane tickets

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... in Hong Kong has been on a spending spree with my card, totaling 3000! This is the second time it has happened to me while in Sri Lanka - it happened in August with someone in Oz living a fine life on my money! If you are by chance the person who is ...

Still raining!!, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Still raining!!

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Another Friday and another afternoon of rain and power cuts. As I keep saying, I can't believe the weekend has come around again!   The afterschool class on Friday is the one that has the most knowledge so they are actually the most challenging ...

Sri Lanka's got Talent, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Sri Lanka's got Talent

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... at their standard yet…apparently it’s all in the way you move your hips! Britians not quite got talent yet, but Sri Lanka certainly has!   We are pleased to announce that Smile Lanka has finally heard Caroline’s pleas and got a fish ...

Psychology at work, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Psychology at work

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Today we had a teacher's meeting with Naomi. She is an American lady who we met at the pot luck dinner. She's has trained as a child psychologist and came along today to find out the problems and issues the teachers had with the children and then advise ...

Ham, Ban and Tota, Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

Ham, Ban and Tota

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... climbing through the windows-no fish deserve to die in such a way! I think we'll just have to come to the conclusion that Smile Lanka won't have any fish as mascots! Sadly we already had the names picked as well- Ham, Ban and Tota the ...

It's all a little fishy...., Hambantota, Sri Lanka travel blog

It's all a little fishy....

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... ! It is at times like these that I'm sure people are wondering if it was wise allowing me to be let loose on the kids of Sri Lanka! Anyway there was fits of laughter so all enjoyed - as they say back home, it was the best craic!   Preschool again ...

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