A granny in a hat..

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

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Saturday, September 8, 2007

Unfortunatly Niami did not come today, so we shall see the kids houses another day. As a result we were left to our devices. So as you do, we went up to the local rubbish dump. Before the alarm bells go off at home, things have not gotten that desperate. Apparetnly it is a place to see elephants. And there were 4 of therm running about the dump looking for  food. I say running more a gentle meander to be honest. Anyway, it has put the idea in my head that i want to take one home. The slight problem is baggage. My limit is only 20kgs. So to get around this the elephant will be propped up on its hind legs, a large coat, dame edna glasses and a tea cosy hat put on him, and henceforth will be known as Grandma. That way, it can get on the plane as an elderly relative and no one will be none the wiser. The passport may be a problem, but I have my evil genius of a little brother looking into that for me. I am sure that he has contacts somewhere!

We walked into town first to pick up some fruit- namely for Papaya/Paw Paw which i am sure that Caroline will turn into one of these days cause she eats so many of the things. Anyway we also needed some bananas and i have never chuckled so hard at carolines face when she was told that they would cost 100 ruppees- including a 10ruppee discount when last week they only cost 30 or something like that. I had wanted a pineapple but  if bananas were that much, then i didn't even want to know how much that would have been - 2.49 in the coop i remember- so i will go back tomorrow when hoepfully trade will be better and they won;t feel the need to rip off us two westerners!

On the way to the rubbish dump we passed the Tsunami village, a bunch of houses that the government built to house victims of the Tsunami. It is just row on row of red topped, 3 roomed houses. Thing is they are in the middle of nowhere about 3 miles out of town. The ones who were greatest hit by the Tsunami was the fishing community with many of their houses wiped clean away. So naturally instead of rebuilding where they did live or nearer the sea, they put them in these houses miles away from the sea and their livlihoods. Take from that waht you will.

I have also included some photos of the building. It is coming along nicely now and hopefully it will be ready to be used soon!
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