Our first weekend away
Trip Start Jan 06, 2006
18Trip End Mar 28, 2006
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We followed on from there to Bopath Ella waterfall. The waterfall is meant to split and then rejoin forming the shape of a bodhi tree leaf. In reality, although impressive, it didn't look like that! It was also Poya.
In Sri Lanka, due to the Buddhist influence, there is a bank holiday (or 'Poya day') for every full moon. On these days you can't buy any alcohol either. This month it fell on that sunday so there was every Sri Lankan and their extended family bathing in the waterfall. Alot of them had even brought soap and shampoo! The volume of people put us off swimming so we went back for a Pizza Hut dinner - what a treat!
As for the project work, this week was spent painting murals onto boards. Here they don't paint murals directly onto the walls. Marios has decided, because of the Indian Aidcamp, that i am an artist and has given me the job of being in charge of the painting. He also diagrees with what i suggest too...I think 5 weeks of working together is a little too long! Anyway, we have been on schedule so far. Next week we start the decorating.
On our afternoons off, we have been going to the beach at Mount Lavinia, which is a short bus ride away. The sea breeze is the only thing that cools us down. The bus ride is another experience. Usually there are religious pictures above the driver and not for just one faith but all four:buddhist, christian, muslim and hindu! Very loud music is also popular along with driving very fast and using the horn at every possible minute!
We are having a 3 day weekend to Kandy and Sigiria tomorrow. Going to see Buddha's tooth at the Temple of the Tooth. I doubt if i'll actually see it because there are so many tourists...
lots of love