Surf, Sun and Temples
Trip Start May 11, 2005
320Trip End Ongoing
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One day while going for a walk on the beach I came across some fisherman loading up their nets. After snapping some photos they invited me the next day to come fishing. I was suppose to meet them at 7 a.m.sharp. Knowing that the best fishing is done in the early morning and grateful for the opportunity I showed up on time. Little did I know that 7 a.m. in Sri Lanka is really more like 8..... I was invited into a hut for some lemon tea while we watched the news (in Sinhalese) about the LTTE. The fisherman told me his whole take on the situation before we headed outside to join the rest of the crew
The following day I slept in and awoke to find the boat already out. As I walked down the beach I could see about 20 people on shore pulling a giant net. Not wanting to miss the action I jumped in and helped. At first it was good fun but the net was massive and the whole process took about an hour! I was tired, hot, sweaty and my little girly hands hurt from gripping the rope! I figured they must a good sized catch because of the amount of work it took to haul in... Man was I wrong. They barely caught anything! I went for a run later that week and saw the exact same result! Bummer. Some of the guys pulling in the net were super old! One guy was 92 with not an ounce of fat on him! He had one tooth that stuck out of his mouth like a cartoon baby!
Gaul is Sri Lanka's 3rd biggest city and it was only 18 kilometers away. I met an English guy who was also keen to check it out and we split a tuk-tuk. The city has a massive old Dutch Fort that overlooks a giant cricket stadium. There was a huge day long cricket match going and the fort was flooded with school kids. School kids all wear white in Sri Lanka kind like a US navy outfits
The rest of my time in Hikkadwa, I wondered around some temples, met some cool monks, and ate kotu rotti (like dough salad) until it came out my ears!