The day that wasn't but really was

Trip Start Jun 25, 2012
Trip End Aug 19, 2012

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Flag of Sri Lanka  , Eastern Province,
Friday, June 29, 2012

Julie had all good intentions of this day being a surf day. Well, like all good holidays with no plans, it just did not happen.

Julie woke me with a "want to go for a run?" I really did not, but figured I better. I got dressed and talked with P about the possibility of French Toast. He said "fine as long as you teach us how to make it." I inquired about cinnamon and was showed several spices that could be it. One they claimed to be cinnamon but on smelling, it seemed more like cardamom to me. So I made it well pass town to a police check along a small bridge and decided to head back. On the walk back we stopped regularly to look for my cinnamon and check for places to eat later and surf board rentals. After many attempts, I found something named cinnamon and it looked like the familiar bark that I have seen my whole life, so I bought it.

After I got back and showed Hassan, the cook, he pulled back out the cardamom smelling spice, opened up my cinnamon and low and behold it was the same. Anyway, I made everyone French Toast and hopefully, it can now be on our menu. I even washed my dishes which made Hassan happy. Before you get the idea of a communal kitchen, it is not. This is the "resorts" kitchen with many cooks and helpers. They just know with how long I am going to be here, I might as well be useful. So, we just go and get what we want most of the time. Waiting can sometimes be a bit trying.

The rest of the day was spend relaxing and reading and beginning my first attempt at a blog that I have now discarded. I also joined Julie on the beach and did a little swimming with the Boys.
Later in the evening, we walked down the beach to grab a beer (to explain later) before dinner. We ended up at a place called the Tsunami, aptly named since 1999. For those that do not know, this side of Sri Lanka got hammered in the 2004 tsunami and unlike US and the like where events like Katrina causes everyone to whine and sue and grab for every excuse and bits of money, there is no such thing as insurance or any form of a safety net here which means they get on with their lives pretty quickly and quite well. If they lost their wife, they marry her sister and keep going. Ah, life without entitlements (a blog about the healthcare decision will be coming soon) Anyway, after a couple of beers and Julie getting shat on by a crow (think of how most beaches have seagulls and now replace those with crows and you have this place) we headed back for a beach seafood BBq for some departing guests, Kathryn and Andy. We are beginning to get used to the fact that food can take a while to come here so we were not too surprised to be eating at 9. A good attempt was made and fish in particular was good.
We never made it surfing, but another good day.

The alcohol situation - Our place does not have a license but have been applying for it for months. Many places are like that. They normally serve it anyway, but lately the costumes agents have been hanging around and bribes and penaltys can be quite high, so we have been going without. It comes and goes but they normally only buy limited amounts because if the agents come in, they have to quickly toss it. We had it this night, but it was far from cold yet.
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JoAnna Hamilton on

So glad you put me on your blogger list. Miss you guys! Your trip sounds phenomenal!!

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