Villa Ocean View Hotel
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Our monks do not all live at the temple we teach. Many take a bus from a different temple in Panadura or Columbo. The different colored robes are connected with the different temples. The bright orange robes are from this area. Boys come to be monks at all ages. Some are very young and the older monks are aware that their childhood will be altered in ways that can be very difficult for some. The young monks seem very ...
... able to see lots of birds, a water monitor, a baby alligator, and the biggest bats I have ever seen. They were all just hanging out in a tree and when they started flying they looked bigger than a hawk. The river itself was worth the trip, the vegetation was different than what we had seen, unique plants and trees where the roots grew out of the water to make cage like trunks. Next we were off to the turtle conservation where they hatch and help turtles get to 3 days ...
... and an unusual fruit that she likes to put in curry.We have asked for them to teach us some of the dishes they have been making, so we can bring them back home. Our family consists of our host mother, father, two sisters, and host grandmother. The eldest of the sisters is in Germany majoring in science, and the youngest will be 15 tomorrow. We are learning so much, and we can not wait to start working with children on Tuesday.
Day 29 - Saturday 11th April
Transit day – Colombo to New Delhi
D- Day … Jeff, Joyce, Doug and I have been waiting for this day … a day when we're finally going to India to see the Taj Mahal which has been a long held dream of mine for a while !!
We met for breakfast in the buffet around 7am and then back to our rooms to wash up and ensure everything was packed.
... and generally got a view of a big city of 6 million people going about their day. Gangaramaya Temple - one of Sri Lanka's most important Hindu shrine. Huge but simple budda. Many connected buildings housing stuff like the hair relic of the first Buddha! Independence Memorial Hall and surrounding colonial buildings that house some designer labels and food outlets. There is a statue of Beira Lake Temple -is a highlight - built by architect Geoffrey Bawa. ...