Team weekend no1

Trip Start May 21, 2007
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Trip End Jun 05, 2014


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Monday, October 27, 2008

So we seem to have gotten a little behind with our blogging, as it has been a very busy bank holiday weekend.
 
We'll start where we left off. Saturday morning we all had some free time, which was spent either shopping in Hambantota for Saris or poolside!  The afternoon was quite an eye opener for the team as we went and visited the kid's houses. Nayani (the headmistress) accompanied the team around the community as she knows most of the families who live there. Most of the houses are made from reeds or tin, often with only 2 rooms. These houses can accommodate up to 3 generations of the same family, which measure about 4/5 meters square. All the children loved showing us were they lived and introducing us to their families. It was a very humbling and moving experience for the team, especially seeing how happy they were despite how little they had.
 
On Sunday morning we attended, quite possibly, the longest church service in Sri Lanka. It started as 930am and finished after Midday. The service was translated into English for us, and was lead by Anita, Victor the pastor's wife. The Sri Lankan's love to sing and we were asked to sing in the service as well. Even though we didn't understand all that was being preached and prayed for, you could really sense their passion. There was a church lunch that we stayed for, and in true Sri Lankan style, we ate with our hands. In the afternoon we headed to the beach for some wave jumping, followed by a Sunday game of Monopoly.
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