Nilaveli Beach Hotel
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Day one of our Arumbugal Visit was truly amazing. Yuri, my partner in the project, and I began our visit by learning more about the foundation. The owner, Mr. Krishnaa, explained to us that people in Sri Lanka believe that parents did something very bad in a past life and are punished in this current life by having children with disabilities. For this reason, families often keep these children hidden from the world in order to protect their families from shame in ...
... I'm familiar seeing them in the US. The shop owner cut the tops off with a machete and made a hole for us to drink out of. Real Sri Lankans do not use straws so we started off that way. I eventually used a straw because the coconut water quickly became messy. Then when the water was done, the shop owner sliced the coconuts in half for us to scoop the coconut meat out of. Everyone was very interested as to what we were doing, where ...
... drinks and treats to travellers. In one town, one of our drivers, Oscar, was pulled over by a stern looking police officer. He thought he was about to get a ticket, but instead everyone in the van was given cookies and orange soda. Before leaving Kandalama we had split the group, so that one van would head directly to Nilaveli, while the other van was doing a side trip to ...
... often holding hands or putting their arms around each other.
It was still hot, even at about midnight, because the breeze had totally died down.
We decided to go for a late night dip, and were happily surprised to find glowing plankton!
The plankton reacts to being agitated in the water, and lights up- if you move slow you get sparkles, if you make big splashes it creates a huge spot of light.
It was truly magical.
... some of the time I was looking up a bit too much to double check where everything was. We didn't spend too long out as couldn't rest as much, and also we had both got burnt the day before so were trying to minimise the sun and water exposure. Originally we had been going to get the over night train back to Colombo then the bus to Horana, but after speaking to the guys in the dive place they said a bus would be a lot better, and that we could book one as well, as ...
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