Socialist Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka
Adequate double room right on the beach, with 24/7 wifi, a great communal sea-view balcony for LKR 1,430.- or US$ 12.75 per night (weekly rate).
Cooperative and friendly enough staff.
Click below for an interactive road map of the Peacock Beach Hotel in Unawatuna, which we would recommend, and for directions:
Konni: Taking part in Niroshi’s pescetarian all-morning cooking classes (LKR 1,200.- or US$ 10.75 per person) and preparing a delicious double-rainbow lunch for two: (i) devilled calamari and (ii) spicy vegetable curries from okras, lentils, and brinjals with creamy coconut milk; yummy, yummy!
Discovering Sri Lanka’s political proximity to Africa when we withdrew a bundle of brand-new 1,000-Rupees banknotes from one of Galle’s convenient ATMs, the latest edition and hot off the press (new money does stink, seriously), which depicts the smirking face of the country’s overweight current president who recently had been democratically re-elected (with 57.88% of the votes in a 74.50% voter turnout), and mulling over the question which new type of paper money we would trust less: (i) a brand-new 1,000-Dollar banknote with Mr. Obama’s worry lines, or (ii) a brand-new 1,000-Euro banknote with Frau Merkel’s double chin?
DM Konni: Joining Rohana’s Sea Horse Divers +94776277622 and scubadiving (LKR 3,300.- or US$ 30.- per dive) in a 4-knot current the 25-m deep shipwreck of HMS “Tango”, an 1886 CE steel-hull steamer from Liverpool which sank off Galle during the southwest monsoon in 1911 CE.
Visiting Roomassala’s aka Saama Stupa (situated on the headland between Unawatuna and Galle), a Buddhist stupa, built by the Japanese monk Nichidatsu Fujii who was also the founder of the Nipponzan-Myōhōji Buddhist Order and learning that altogether more than eighty Peace Pagodas had already been built around the world in Europe, Asia, and the United States in order to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds and to help unite them in their search for world peace.
“Peace is a word
Of the sea and the wind.
Peace is a bird who sings
As you smile.
Peace is the love
Of a foe as a friend;
Peace is the love you bring
To a child.”
Listening to the bragging of young European volunteer workers, agents of virtue, and gaining insight into another profitable business line of the global multi-billion dollar welfare/charity industry, into the production and supply of cute and coveted Asian orphans, from the global south for the global north, which follows a proven business model that always consists of the same three main components (very similar to the established African aid industry and to the even bolder Palestine refugee industry): (i) corrupt politicians and their state servants, the main beneficiaries, who facilitate the deals between producers and customers, and who secure the apparent legality of the transactions, (ii) UN, ICRC, Caritas etc., who serve as popular trademarks, and (iii) poor locals (e.g. deprived Asian orphans, brain-washed Palestinian suicide-bombers, dependent African communities) who become the usual by-product, but more often a tragic waste product...
Taking a chill pill and playing carrom, a hybrid of pool, marbles and checkers, very popular in
Laundering our dirty linen for LKR 40.- or US$ -.40 per piece, washed and dried, at one of the many local neighbourhood laundries on the main road.
Boarding one of the age-worn Lanka-Ashok Leyland S.L.T.B. (Sri Lanka Transport Board +942581120) buses for the short ride from Unawatuna to Mirissa (30 km, 1 1/4 hour, LKR 40.- or US$ -.40 per person) and passing a section of the south coast which is home to one of Sri Lanka’s most emblematic and photogenic sights: stilt fishermen-turned-models.
“Fishermen are born honest, but they get over it.”