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 ...
... the grounds. At noon we all said farewell to Kandalama and began our drive to Nilaveli. On our drive we were pleasantly surprised to find very little traffic on the roads. It turns out that this is the first day of the Vesak festival which coincides with the full moon. Most of the businesses are closed for the next two days and villagers gather at the side of the road ...
... 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.
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