Sri Lanka -Day 20

Trip Start Jan 04, 2013
Trip End Jan 26, 2013

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Flag of Sri Lanka  , Galle,
Sunday, January 27, 2013

It's our first full day in Galle Fort and the temperature is rising fast. We make our way to the outer fort walls that follow the coastline and take a leisurely stroll along the ocean and its numerous beaches below. We also pass an active ammunitions depot guarded by Sri Lankan army personal. You see the fort is not just a world recognized historical site, it's also an active army base that Is still used by the country's military, as well as the main judicial center for the southern part of the country. Its very much an active functioning city: it just to happens to look like it was plucked from the pages of a history book.

The fort walls are made mainly of coral collected from the sea and reinforced with sand and lye to hold it all together. The walls are so thick that at at its busiest time, entire families lived with its interior. These same walls helped protect the town inside from most of the damage caused by the tsunami that hit the island in 2007 which devastated other parts of he coast.

With the noon day temperatures climbing we take refuge from the exposed bastion walls of the fort and move into the city to take a reprieve within the fan cooled and air conditioned shops and museums. We linger about like this until we meet Juliet at the Serendipity Cafe to do our Sri Lankan cooking class.

After a quick briefing on the ins and outs of he local cusine we make our way into the kitchen to crack & grind coconuts, chop vegetables and stir pots filled with numerous spices, as we learn to make: coconut sambal, beet root curry, green been curry, fish curry and egg hoppers. After all our hard work we sit a table in the cafe and enjoy the mini banquet we just created.

Bellies full we meet up with Juliet (a former British war corespondent married to a local and now living in Galle Fort) as she takes us for a tour of the town and regales us with insights about both the history of the town as well as what it's like to live there now. Along the way we meet a few of her relatives and enjoy some refreshing drinks at one of her friend's homes.

Still full form our self made meal we opt to forgo dinner and head off to the Galle Fort Hotel for drinks and reminisce about the experiences we shared over the last three weeks. Eventually its time to call it a night and return to our guest house for a good nights rest before we do one final pack for our return to Canada tomorrow.
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