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 (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:

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 west 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 propinquity to Africa when we withdrew the latest edition, hot off the press, 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 southwest monsoon in 1911 CE.

Visiting Roomassala’s Peace Pagoda 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 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, into the production and supply of cute orphans from the global south for the global north, which follows a proven 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., (iii), last but not least, the usual by-product but more often the 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 South 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 our dirty linen 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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13 Sep - 18 Sep 2013 Pemangkat
01 Dec - 07 Dec 2012 Xingping
16 Mar - 20 Mar 2012 Banda Aceh
14 Oct - 15 Oct 2010 Galle 
02 Feb - 12 Feb 2008 Bombay 

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