Full moon public holiday #1
Trip Start Aug 11, 2013
15Trip End Sep 17, 2013
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Flamingo restaurant, Chilli bar, Beach
We got there around 10pm and dumped our bags to go and find a restaurant for some dinner. The guesthouse we stayed in was lovely- clean, with clean sheets and a decent mosquito net - and the owner was like a Sri Lankan Mr.Bean in his sarong with his belly/hips always angled slightly fowards. He was funny :)
We found a place to eat on the seafront which didn't serve curry, so I got a good fix of more western food (and drink!). I had calamarie with salad and potatoe wedges...and a mojito..and beer...and 3 G&T's. Okay let'sjust say by 1am I was doind tequila shots with 3 volunteer coordinators and the Major of Colombo's son! He also somehow produced a bottle of grey goose and some cranberry juice - felt like I was in Derby for a minute!
We had great talks with the majors son about places to visit in Sri Lanka and also about the properties and beaches he owns and the great charity and community work he and his father conduct. A very interesting person to meet!
We returned to Silva Guesthouse around 4am and had about 3 hours sleep before the sounds of the small town woke us. So we stumbled down the main road to have breakfast - a king coconut (always wanted to drink from one - tasted like the water you peel your potatoes into) and a piece of cheese on toast! Pretty heavenly!
The rest of the day was spent shopping, sunbathing and swimming in the fantastic blue sea. I have never seen a place so tropical and beautiful. The people are also so kind and friendly - not as pushy as I imagined (with regards to selling things). I got some tea from the best tea shop in sri lanka (every year since 2008!!) and also a lovely leather bag and some tops which were made by a local women in the back of her shop/her front room!
The journey back was a little more tiring, and by the time we got to our homestay at 8:30 I was ready for bed!! I ate my dinner of rice and spiced pumpkin and went to bed.
Was up at 7 for my first bus of the day today (averaging about 8 buses a day - which in this heat can be very tiring and frustrating!). Wednesday are pretty exhausting for me too, since I am at HWH in the morning and NIMH in the afternoon, whereas when you teach part of the day you are far less....run into the ground!
At the HWH I was on the acute ward, the most severe patients and the worst conditions. I was surprised by how quickly my surroundings stopped bothering me though, well except for the headlice, I remained vigilent in making sure they didn't get near me..
We arranged some seats in a circle - outside the building of the ward - and did some singing and bracelet making. One women there is called Bridget and knows some english and LOVES to sing... her repetoire includes: jingle bells, twinkle twinkle, happy birthday and now - insy winsy spider! She is hilarious - when she finishes singing I kept saying 'lasanai, hondai' (beautiful, good) and she says in english 'your teeth are beautiful, you make me happiness and you are english and lovely' hahaha she's funny..
After HWH I got the bus to NIMH and got some lunch in the local town (well, one road) before going to the womens forensic ward again. It was a strange sort of session since the women had all just recieved their medication follwing lunch. So they were sleepy, tired, some flat out sedated. I did manage to challenge one women to a game of badminton though. She won. I let her....honest!
After that I did some arts and crafts with other ladies and painted some of their nails which they loved. The interaction with us is all they get so although they were groggy they were still happy to see us.
So that's my update really!
And Clazzzyyyyy I'm so sorry for forgetting you - you are never far from my thoughts and I'm counting down the days until I come to Toulouse!! Not long now!! Get that dissertation submitted!
Hope all is well at home.. Teaching 18-40 year old men tomorrow, then youth teaching, then a conference in Colombo 7-9. Going to be so tired it's always so full on here!!
I'm going home for dinner now - actually looking forward to some curry!
Popping into the supermarket on my way back for some watermelon and passion fruit - the fruit here is to die for but we don't get given it often at home.
I'm glad to say I'm comfortable to walk around Ethul Kotte (our home town) alone, expect for after dark! It gets dark at 6:30 so I better get a move on.