Barmy army and fresh fish on the beach
Trip Start Aug 27, 2011
99Trip End Jun 01, 2012
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We were dropped near the beach, on the main road that hugs the coast near some shops. A shop owner offered us his spare apartment for a very cheap price but we were hoping to find a place on the beach. After ten minutes of listening to over inflated prices for rooms on the beach, we settled for our two bedroom apartment with living room and balcony!! All for less than a fiver a night! Crazy!
Mirissa was very similar to Unawatuna in that the days flew by and we did very little, although I would say the area is more suited to backpackers as it is less commercially driven.
The one difference was March 26 when I headed into Galle to see day 1 of the first Test match between England and Sri Lanka. Sonja had the chance to have a lazy day in Mirissa but she joined me (thank you) on the hour long bus ride to Galle and did some shopping and exploring while I sat on my butt watching the cricket. We had a quick breakfast before I slipped my way throught the white shirted England fan filled city to find my seat.
What a start it was, with Jimmy Anderson on a hat-trick ball but Jayawardne settled in and it was a privilege watching him score a century. I also watched Monty drop two horrific catches, just terrible. The atmosphere in the crowd was the best, lots of barmy army supporters who have travelled the world watching England and it was fun to be listening to a bunch of people with English humour. Needless to say, I dropped off to sleep in the afternoon as the heat and slow England attack got to me. There were free tickets available, namely to watch the game from the walls of Galle fort, however, I was so glad to be under shelter that I think if I sat on the wall, I might have melted!! Sonja met me for lunch and we left the stadium to grab some delicious rice and curry. She stayed all day in Galle and met me at the close of play to squeeze ourselves onto a local bus to Mirissa and I'm sure that same night we enjoyed some fresh fish on the beach.
Our three or four days in Mirissa were like relaxing in paradise. We'd wake up, pop downstairs for a breakfast/early lunch of a pot of coffee with some Roti then chill out in the afternoon. In the afternoon we'd go for a swim (with lots of locals and tourists finding it hilarious watching Sonja lift me up and throw me around!!) then we'd get ready for a night on the beach and select some fresh fish to eat which always came with a large portion of French fries and salad. Sonja is very good with her knowledge of food, she asks the restaurant owners to show us the fish gills and if they are red, it's fresh, grey or any darker, it's old, very old! We might sneak in a cheeky beer and watch the random crazy dogs sniffing around your table for scraps of food.
One afternoon we did get out to go see the local town of Weligama. We ate some food there, Sonja had awesome fish fingers where I had a disappointing Biriyani. The beach at Weligama was not the best but it was interesting to see the local fishing boats. We also got friendly with a dog who was bleeding and was also being bullied by three other dogs. Sonja took some great pictures of the fishing boats, in particular a zebra looking one! At Weligama, there is also the opportunity to stay on an island off the coast for about $1000 a night! It sounds great, an Island to yourself? But Weligama is not as beautiful as Unawatuna or Mirissa.
After a few days of eating fish, swimming in the warm Indian ocean, we realize we can spend more time together in India. It will involve me cancelling my existing Indian visa and applying for a new one in Kandy. With that in mind, we set about making our way to Kandy via Tissa and Ella to get this visa sorted.
Next stop, Tissa for a Safari.