Another update from Sri Lanka. It’s not much of a surf update as I ended up sick the last few days in Hikkadua and could not surf. I timed it well as the swell was pretty big and closing out on the reef. I might have killed myself in 8ft surf so it was probably a blessing in disguise. For the last few days, we’ve been traveling through the Hill Country and the gidgets had to stay dry. Either way, we are having a ball and here are some entertaining non-surf stories:
Mojito and turtle
We are chilling out at the beachside bar drinking a rather strong Mojito just after sunset. All of a sudden a massive turtle comes out of the water. After a frantic search on the sand, she settles for a spot to dig a hole. She lays some (couple hundred) eggs and heads back to the ocean. A pretty surreal but amazing experience (I’m talking about the turtle not the Mojito…)
Rescue from punishment
On the way back from the National Park, the police stopped us. The driver comes back after 5 min with a special request: “Need rescue from punishment. Can you please tell police I’m good driver?” After some initial hesitation, we decided to rescue our driver from punishment and convinced the policemen that he was the best driver ever and surprise, surprise…it worked…and even more surprisingly without monetary bribe.
Sorry, no curry
It’s not always easy to get the food you’ve ordered. Once we’ve ordered curry the day before as it said in the menu: Sri Lankan curry available upon pre-orders only. When we came back the next evening, the guy told us: “Sorry, madam, we have problem, no curry today. We are not sure you come back, so we not make curry.” Excellent, we must look very trustworthy. And we must be hard to understand, every time Sabine ordered omelette at our guesthouse, she would receive jaffle. Understandable, considering jaffle and omelette sounds the same…well maybe to Sri Lankan it does.
Naked and oily
Have you ever had an Ayuveda treatment? Well, I did and I’m not sure if I’m going to have one again. Some may find it comfortable to get soaked into oil and massaged by two ladies. Afterwards, I was yellow all over and looked like a curry myself. I had to wash my hair 4 times and 2 surfs to not look like a character out of Grease anymore.
That’s only small selection of our ‘adventures’….to be continued as we are in the mountains now and heading back to the coast for the last few days of relaxation (yes and surf again, wohoo) before I’m back in the big smoke.