A few random occurances

Trip Start Sep 26, 2006
Trip End ??? ??, 2007

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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Monday was a holiday, so I took advantage and went to Mirissa, about 10 kilometers from Matara (which means 30 minutes if you make the mistake of taking the really slow bus). In Mirissa I discovered yet another breathtaking beach.

Though unbeknownst to me the big excitement that day was in Matara: a LTTE guy and policeman were arrested at a hotel 100 meters from my work. Apparently the tiger was paying off the police guy for information regarding a minister's visit, to take place a few days later at that very hotel. I guess he was going to attempt to assassinate the minister.

On Thursday a group of wonderful foreigners invited me to a BBQ. This one was in Kamburugamua (say that five times fast) somewhere between Matara and Mirissa. They were staying at Sairam Bay Hotel - really secluded, but well worth the effort if you can find it! Do I even need to say it?? - another absolutely beautiful beach!
BBQs in SL are fueled by coconut husks. Check out the fish we feasted on!

Then Friday evening I was chilling at home when all of a sudden the neighbor (Pati's sister) came over yelling frantically at Nilu (Pati was away). Of course all I could hear was loud sinhala I couldn't understand. Then Nilu yells at me 'lock all of your doors and come down now!" A little puzzled, I did as I was told and was whisked into the house across the street. At this point I had been told that the neighbor had seen a potential robber and that we would be safer at this location. I was a little irked but what could I do? As the night wore on, I started to understand that the situation was a little more serious than was previously explained to me. Finally I managed to get it out of someone: the neighbor two houses down had been stabbed to death. They still don't know if it was a robber or someone she knew. As I write this (24 hours later) I can hear the police combing the yard next door - apparently looking for the suspect. I still don't know exactly what happened, but I'll keep you posted!

And.... On a more personal note, I started scuba lessons today! Some of the people I met at the BBQ have this wonderful project set up in Polhena (the beach near my home). They are using scuba to help promote ecological fishing, support the local economy and are even looking at creating an underwater memorial for the tsunami (hence encouraging tourism). Check out paavima.org... They took advantage of my slightly inebriated state at the BBQ to sign me up for the class... Truth be told, this was a great opportunity to support a good organization and do something I've wanted to do for a long time. Plus the course is super cheap here! I should have it completed next weekend and will tell you all about it very soon!

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