First thoughts

Trip Start Jun 12, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Sri Lanka  , Southern Province,
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I'm in Sri Lanka volunteering for an NGO that rebuilt people’s lives after the tsunami. I'm teaching some English. Badly. What is an adverb or a noun again?

I am currently staying in a rural village with an increasing colony of cockroaches and lizards gathering force in my room. I’m sure they are planning to make their first attack soon. Luckily I have an elderly security guard who clambers around my room shooing them out with a broom. What a hero! I’m going to stay with a local family next week to save money hopefully it’s not 3 generations of the same family sleeping in the same bed with me sandwiched in between..

Its really beautiful here on the Indian ocean with a wealth of diving, snorkelling and swimming to be done. Unfortunately my extensive research missed that it is the storm/monsoon season so I can’t do any of that. Maybe it best though as locals report that some fishermen were recently killed  in storms. There was some confusion as to whether it was 5, 500 or 50 people, but I got the impression it was definatly a multiple of 5.

Some of the young men here can be quite creepy when you are a lone girl. Yesterday a man exposed himself to me on a beach and started masturbating. I went to tell a nearby security guard what had happened but unfortunately he did not speak any English so trying to explain was like X-rated charades.

If you have heard my poem "no chapattis"

(no chapattis for me I’ll have shepherd’s pie for my tea

Ill pass on the curry coz it upsets my tummy

Id rather go to Greggs than eat some chicken legs

I cant eat rice

I cant tolerate a spice

A packet of monster munch would suffice

I just cant eat Asian I’m too Caucasian.)

I’m sure your heart bleeds for me having an Asian diet. My diet now consists of bananas, coconuts and rotys, which are like pasties so I can roll with that.  However if you’re trying to lose a stone, it s great. There is nothing better than a "dislike of foreign food when in a foreign country where only foreign food is available" diet. If I’m lucky I will get a tropical gastric parasite like a tapeworm to speed up my weight loss. These celebs with their GI and Atkins diets they should take some dieting advice off me.
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