Trip Start May 06, 2006
81Trip End Mar 23, 2009
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Today finds me in a frustrated yet slightly amused with myself kind of mood. I have affectionately renamed one of their main forms of transport - tuks tuks - with a name I shall not disclose on here for the sake of the younger viewers. I feel like if one more of them beeps at me or shouts 'taxi' as I walk by they may well find their cute little mode of transport on its side! A) it's not a taxi, it's a tuk tuk and B) do they not think if I wanted one I would either flag it down or approach them?! It's not like they're in short supply and I look as if I've been trying to find one everywhere! Leave me alone! Tuk tuk rant over!
An amusing thing I have noticed is their use of umbrellas. While we use them for the excessive amount of rain we have they quite happily walk along the beach with them. I understand it's good to have the shade etc but I was under the impression material umbrellas were used for this purpose and not proper rain ones... maybe they're one step ahead of me and are also prepared for the rain this way, but it just makes me smile when I see it.
Whilst eating ice cream and watching the cricket today there were so many adverts on and I had to notice so many that were for whitening your skin... there we are trying to constantly darken ours in a cold country and they're trying to keep theirs lighter in a hot sunny one... I think a country swap is in order... I wonder how I'd organise that?! Fido Dido (7up guy) is also still used in their 7up adverts here! Random fact!
I think the braids may have given off the wrong impression... the afternoon after my last update I headed to the beach for a walk when I came across two Sri Lankan guys who quite clearly thought they were rastafarian. Quite comical in itself with the dreads and the Jamaican colours hat. They decided to talk to me and that I was 'one of them' because of my braids. They invited me to their bar where they dj and offered me pot to smoke while I watched the sunset. I thanked them for their offer but declined and walked away. The next day I was quite happily sat watching the sea when my rasta friend spotted me from a distance and came and sat with me again. Not only did I get offered pot again but this time I could've had my hair put into dreads... and for free!! Such a nice, random man! Again, I declined but said I would do my best to take the new arrivals to his bar on Sunday!
That evening I also made friends with a stray dog who decided to follow me into the house - much to the disapproval of the hostel owner! It clearly tuned into my animal instinct and the next evening brought 3 of his friends along who all played around my feet. I have one particular favourite... okay, it itches a lot so prob has fleas and has no fur on its back legs (scabies maybe? Not up with the skin diseases!) but it's very playful with the others and always notices me first - even if I do try to subtly run away! Poor dogs - they all need a loving home to go to... any offers?
I'm looking forward to the rest of the volunteers arriving tomorrow because I don't feel like I've actually spoken in almost a week... and as you all know, that's a challenge for me! I have to say that I'm surprised more people here don't understand and speak English. Not that I expected it, or even wanted it, but almost all of their sinage, advertising, sports commentary... pretty much everything is in English and yet when you try to talk to the majority of people they know 'hello, how are you?' and then when you respond have no clue what you're saying. I kinda like it that way 'cos it just embarrasses me when everyone speaks English and I can't speak their language but it has made for a very quiet week!
I also discovered another reason why I was paying more in the other hotel - hot water! Not that it matters 'cos without ac the room is so damn hot that a hot shower is the last thing I need but just a little realisation!
So, other than sitting on the beach and my balcony watching the fireflies at night I haven't had a packed week like all the others so far but now I've gotten used to slowing the pace down slightly, I've enjoyed it. Hope these ones haven't been too boring. This will be the last one this week and hopefully I'll have some internet access next week once I get to my elephant project and have more exciting stories to tell! Hope all's well with everyone and keep the messages and emails coming!