Trip Start Sep 26, 2006
31Trip End ??? ??, 2007
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After yoga, we would go for a swim in the ocean and then enjoy a nice breakfast of fresh fruit, toast (we brought peanut butter - what a treat) and tea at the guest house. Some days we relaxed (read, did sudoku puzzles, played guitar, played cards, etc...). One day, we went to Galle to see the old fort. Other days - later in the week when the sun decided not to tease us anymore - we spent at the beach.
I did a bunch of snorkeling and saw some really beautiful fish
Panasonic makes a case which allows me to use my camera underwater. It's only about $300 CAD. If anybody is feeling generous my camera is model DTZ - . hahaha
I also went for a massage. This was a very interesting experience. Remind me to tell you about it when I get home.
Christmas day was one of those days were we saw the sun for a bit in the morning. Then it poured the rest of the day. I did all those things I was saving for a lazy/rainy day. Admittedly, it didn't feel like Christmas due to the lack of snow, family and friends. Regardless, it was nice.
Boxing Day is the anniversary of the tsunami
The guest house is owned by a German woman and her Sri Lankan husband. It was a two minute walk to the ocean. The three-story structure allowed us a great view of the ocean, the surrounding neighborhood and the monkeys and beautiful bids in the trees.
The staff was excellent and the food delicious. But apparently the woman was upset that I was playing guitar (in the afternoon ?!?!?) and that Denise could speak Sinhala (?!?!?!?). So we got kicked out. No explanation. Just lovely.
We moved into another guesthouse down the road which (was a pain in the arse, but) turned out to be much more tranquil.
Overall, it was a bit shocking to see 'other' white skin (I represent about 40% of it in Matara), and the prices were a bit steeper because of the tourism factor; but all in all, this vacation was a really nice and relaxing - just what I needed!