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.
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 all-morning cooking class (LKR 1,200.- or US$ 10.75 per person) and preparing a double-rainbow lunch for two: (i) devilled calamari and (ii) spicy vegetable curries (okra, lentils, brinjal) with coconut milk.
Discovering Sri Lanka’s proximity to Africa when we withdrew the latest edition of brand-new 1,000-Rupees banknotes (depicting the smirking face of the country’s overweight president who recently had been re-elected democratically [officially elected with 57.88% of votes with a total of 74.50% of cast votes]) from one of Galle’s convenient ATMs - and wondering which one we would trust less: a brand-new 1,000-Dollar banknote (depicting Mr. Obama’s worry lines) or a brand-new 1,000-Euro banknote (depicting Frau Merkel’s fat double chin).
DM Konni: Joining Rohana’s Sea Horse Divers +94776277622 and scuba-diving (LKR 3,300.- or US$ 30.- per dive) in a current of 4 knots the 25-m deep shipwreck of HMS “Tango”, an 1886 CE steel-hull steamer from Liverpool which sank off Galle during the SW monsoon in 1911 CE.
Visiting Roomassala’s Peace Pagoda (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-Myohoji 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.
Listening to the bragging of a couple of young European volunteer workers, Agents of Virtue, and gaining insight into a profitable business line of the global (multi-billion dollar) welfare/charity industry, the production and supply of cute orphans for the global north from the global south, which follows a proven and profitable business model that consists of the same integral components as the ones used by the African aid industry or the Palestine refugee industry: (i) the main beneficiaries are the corrupt politicians and state servants who secure the legal regulation and broker the deals between producers and customers , (ii) the most popular brands are UN, IRC, Caritas etc. and (iii) the usual by-product, more often the unfortunate and tragic waste product, are the ordinary local people (e.g. the deprived Asian orphans, the brain-washed Palestinian suicid-bombers or the dependent African communities).
Playing carrom, a kind of hybrid of pool, marbles and checkers, very popular in
Laundering for LKR 40.- or US$ -.40 per piece (washed and dried) at a local neighbourhood laundry on the main road.
Taking one of the Sri Lanka Transport Board’s age-worn Lanka-Ashok Leyland busses from Unawatuna to Mirissa (fare: LKR 40.- or US$ -.40 per person for the one-hour long ride) and passing a section of coast which is home to one of Sri Lanka’s most emblematic and photogenic sights: stilt fishermen-turned-models.