Poya Day, Last Day, Holiday
Trip Start Nov 15, 2010
47Trip End Feb 15, 2011
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In total I did 5 dives in Unawatuna, my last one being the most special. A wreck dive, 28m underwater... an 1868 sunk boat from the UK in a sapphire blue clear ocean. It was magical.
However, I didn't JUST dive in Unawatuna! There are some great places to snorkel right off the beach (and I saw a sea turtle!), walks to be had around the little streets and Galle fort to visit.
Galle Fort has a really strong dutch influence and is simply breathtaking
I went back to the turtle hatchery with a friend that hadn't been there yet, this time I remembered to bring my iphone to snap a few pictures! I think you could go quite a few times and not get fed up of the creatures!
Yesterday, monday the 20th, was a full moon day in Sri Lanka. This is sacred here. It's a holiday and it's called Poya Day. All the shops close and there are rituals performed everywhere. I can't begin to explain how happy I am to have assisted to Poya Day! There was a beautiful parade right off the road of where I'm staying, so colorful and joyful and serene. In Sri Lanka, they have official dances and spirits associated to each dance with specific meaning
All in all, my first few days in Sri Lanka were hard. I came really close to calling it quits and running back to the comfort of Pondicherry in India. But I challenged myself to stay. In the end, I'm very glad I did. Although I'm not sad to be returning to India today (let's be honest, I'm still looking forward to it), I appreciate everything Sri Lanka has brought me. The sights, the sounds, the smiles... All in all, lots of good memories.
I'm headed to the andaman islands for the holidays, I don't know if I'll have internet...SO!
I'll take advantage of this post to wish you all a very happy holiday season
I'll be having a fish-full christmas under the sea and thinking of all of you!
Much love and best wishes!
Thanks for reading,