We have been in Sri Lanka for the last two days and it's awesome! We are in
Colombo, the capitol city. I had to work on the first day but when I was free at 5pm I hopped in a cab and had a private tour of two of the big Buddhist temples in the city. They were so amazing. There were people playing drums and music while the locals were praying. You had to take your shoes off before you went inside. The second temple had a sacred elephant hanging out in the front. I gave the guy a dollar and he let me go up and play with it for a minute. It was pretty awesome. I don't think I've ever been that close to an elephant before! I also watched some kind of ceremony while I was in the temple. Everyone was touching these covered plates as they went by and then they put them on this alter type thing. I'm not really sure what was going on but it was cool to be a part of it.
Today I went for a run along the beach. It was so hot but it was really beautiful. There's no swimming allowed on this beach because the undertoe is very strong and there are lots of rocks around. The people in Colombo are also very nice. Today I was walking back to the port and some gentlemen said,
"Hello." I said,
"Hello." He said,
"I love you." I just burst into laughter and said,
"Thank you," and walked away. Another guy yelled to me,
"Hey! Hey, Irish! Irish!" This is not the first time this has happened to me in a foreign country.
In Galle we only had a little time so we decided to go get some traditional Sri Lankan food. Everything here is SO spicy! We asked them to bring us some local dishes and they ended up bringing out like a million plates! I had some spicy shrimp thing that had sundried tomatoes and also dried chiles. I didn't know which ones were which so I got a big surprise while I was eating.
In Trincomallee we hopped in a tuk tuk and found another local beach! It was at a resort and they let us use all the facilities and everything. They boys bought a bucket of beer (or two) and we just laid in the sun and went swimming. After my sunburn in the Maldives I think I applied my sunblock about 27 times. It was a success! No red suit this time! Then we got back to the main city and we were starving so we grabbed some weird food that ended up being delicious. I guess it's their version of fast food because they served it to us in a newspaper. I really didn't care because it was amazing and by some miracle I didn't get sick!
Sassy ginger from NH off traveling the world.