Celebrating the 4th Sri Lankan Style

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

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Galaxy Lounge

Flag of Sri Lanka  , Eastern Province,
Wednesday, July 4, 2012

We have plans for walking down to the Gecko for breakfast but are waiting for Seth and Gwen to get up. In the meantime, Julie and P are currently sitting at the table planning our 4th barbeque. I am hearing fried chicken, potato salad, watermelon sorbet, jello shots and blah blah more English Sri Lankan mix banter. P is half and half. He has a great story, Another mellow day and I will write about him. I am currently thinking about writing about the Yala experience from yesterday and trying to research more about the ancient monastery we visited. It is very illusive. In fact there is word the SL government is going to bulldoze the whole site to keep it hidden because its existence possibly conflicts with the Sinhalese version. The Sinhalese control the government in a pseudo democratic dictatorship. They have just recently ended a long civil war with the Tamils. There are three religions. The largest is 70% Buddhist, then Hindu at 15%, Islam at 10% and the rest at 5%, mostly Christian. I am off.

Had a great breakfast of crepes and treacle. The rest of the day was shopping a little for flip flops and some dinner items, hanging around the "lounge, swimming, taking a beach walk with Julie, writing the blog, making the videos, and working a little on the 4th dinner for all the guests. Wow, so busy. I need to rest. Julie made jello shots -- some with and some without, and watermelon sorbet, to definitely be served with. I took an afternoon nap in the hammock while the boys worked on building a fire for the evening. I was woken up by them throwing in all their home made fireworks. Talked to an Irish teacher named David Lynch (should be able to remember that one a la "Eraserhead") about overseas teaching and invited him to dinner, then was told my dad wanted to speak with me. Gotta love skype.

The meal was great. We had fried chicken, Julie's homemade potato salad, sans pickles but replaced with olives, Sri Lankan slaw, rice, and a seer fish (they had an abundance) curry. The Sorbet was ready enough, but the jello shots will have to wait until another day. Julie's blaming the overly lazy refrigerator. We had 16 people to feed: 7 Americans (us) 2 Belgians (Flemish), 1 German, 2 Irish, and 4 Brits. Everyone enjoyed. They might have thought I paid for it, but it will all come true when they see it on their bill. I told P to put it all on the Brit's Bill for making us work so hard for the Independence. Julie got her's for free for cooking some of it.

Later in the night, there was a reggae band playing down at the seafood restaurant. I decided that after such a busy day, I might let this one go. Plus, if he was using Mambo's speaker system, I did not need to travel anyway to enjoy the music. I heard later that the band played only Bob Marley and was missing a singer. One of the dinner guests had a friend that provided some singing when he knew the words and later played a little DJ when the "house music" got a little old. All over by 3 I hear. 
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Paulette Puckett on

Sounds like ya'll had a good 4th. Celebration, and quite a crowd.

Michelle on

Thank you for sharing your Independence dinner... not for the early morning jello shot though!

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