25 Oct - 09 Nov 2010 Unawatuna

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.

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Savouring organic arrack from yellow king coconuts (aka coconut toddy), sunbathing on the narrow and heavily eroded hotel beach with the waves of the Indian Ocean lapping at the feet of our sun beds, looking at some impressive photos of the 2004 CE tsunami when Unawatuna was virtually wiped out and our hotel collapsed, reading on the internet the breaking news about an ongoing 7.7-magnitude off-shore quake W of Sumatra which spawned a 10 foot tall tsunami (which crashed onto the shores of Indonesia with 300 people dead and many people still missing and are feared to have been swept into the sea) and - since we never booked a berth on the Illuminati’s Ark - thoughtfully scanning the horizon in front of us for the unthinkable, joss lah.

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 legality 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 S Asia, using a powdered, 29-inch square wooden board with a pocket at each corner and a set of distinctive disks: (i) carrom-man, (ii) queen and (iii) striker.

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.

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