Toilet anyone?!

Trip Start May 21, 2007
Trip End Aug 08, 2015

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

We arrived in Hambantota to cries of "Auntie Auntie, you remember my name?", to which the answer is usually no! Not because we forgot the children, but because there are hundreds of them and they have all grown about a foot! It was so good to see everyone again and the lovely teachers who have not changed at all! Also looking forward to seeing the Preschoolers in the morning, for what we can guarantee will be mayhem! We were presented with flowers by the children and asked to make a speech. It was a very short one, you can be assured!

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 the route, instead of us who did! However as with everything in Lanka, every mundane task has an amusing story attached. Take having a toilet break during a long journey…what is normally simply stopping at the next eatery, became a door to door search for a willing toilet donor. Now be under no illusion, we did not know these people and neither did the driver – it’s the Sri Lankan way! After knocking on 2 doors, a willing “toilet” was found and the whole neighbourhood was aware that 2 white people where using the facilities. It is lovely opening the toilet (or hole in the ground) door to be greeted by the family waiting in anticipation to see you relived! The moral of the story is if a stranger knocks on your door asking to use the toilet, do so however make sure you are on hand to greet them after use with soap and loo roll (we would have appreciated these before using the toilet).

You’ll be happy to hear, that even though we did arrive nearer to 3pm than lunchtime, that we still were able to enjoy our vegetable rice! Unpacking is done and we are very much at home and settled. Please take note, this shall be the only food reference today!

Between us we have spent over a year living in Hambantota and working with the teachers everyday, so we know everything about their ways. However somehow, we had managed to forget quite how subtle the Sri Lankans can be. The following is a list of “compliments” we received between us within the first 5 minutes of being back at Smile…..

–        you are “fat” (note fat is good in Sri Lanka, they mean you look healthy!)

–        you are too thin

–        your hair is too short

–        you are not married

–        you have no babies

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Emma on

Hahha Caggie this indeed made me laugh...keep the blogs coming!

Skelton on

Loving hearing all your adventures girls, keep up the good work! xo

FH on

Stay fat girls... loving the blog =) xx

Roz on

Yeah! Loo roll after the event - less useful! Loving hearing all about your adventures. Wish I was with you (though you might not ha ha!) xx

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