MArket time!

Trip Start Jul 30, 2007
Trip End Oct 28, 2007

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Sunday, September 2, 2007

Yesterday went to the market. It is quieter on a saturday than on a sunday and was great. It sells things for a fraction of the price that they are in Food City where we usually shop. 20 ruppees for about 20 bananas. The same in food city would have cost 300 ruppees. Read something yesterday about the market. When teh Tsunami hit it was bunged and estimates that from it alone 1000 people died. It was a twist of fate as well, as the governemnt had moved it from its usual place to do refurbishment. It was finished months before the Tsunami but as is usual in Sri Lanka, they never bothered to move them back again. If they had, then things would have been alot different.

Today has been a day of strangeness. Became a Sunday School Teacher today. Did a few songs, and despite the fact that some of it had done it a million times before, they all tool great pleasure in telling me all about themselves in English.

Basicly sunday is the one day that we go and get somehting to eat at a local resteraunt. We alternate between 3 or 4 places. Last week we were in the Oasis. It is nice, but the menu is limites to 3 things. Omellette, Fish and Curry ( Sri Lankan style. I.e with chilies hotter than the earths core in them- so effectively it is only 2 choices!). Caroline was convinced that on the days we didn't go, they served different things so to try to trick them, we went again today. Unfortunatly the plan backfired as it turns out the menu never changes! Also turns out there are big lizards there. I though it was a komodo dragon, but they are much bigger apparenently. Then tonight there was some kind of creature that looked like it had just crawled out of the Triassic era. Small and black and horrible!

Outside the hotel, saw some kids coming out of the lake dragging a palm leaf. On closer investigation, turns out that they were carrying coconuts and fish on it. They looked  rediculously poor.Alot poorer than the children do at smile. (though they knew exactly how to ask for money in english!) Then again, I only see them at tthe school. Not at home. Hopefully we will get a chance to go down and see where they live at some point.
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