It's the old communications problem again...!!

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

So when we left you, we were getting up very early to go shopping in Colombo. We did rise at 7am and arrived in Colombo at 930am, so it was a longer journey than we thought. However all is not lost, as we had breakfast en route – not of cornflakes or weetabix, but as we are in non-sensical land of Lanka, you have a choice of chicken pizza, hot dogs or bread rolls covered in sugar. Pretty standard I think you'll agree.

Having been dropped outside Sri Lanka’s answer to Harrods by Heshan, we soon discovered that it does not open until 9.50am…..again as we are in Mad Lanka it would have been too obvious to open at 10am or 930am! As we had 10 mins to spare, we sought refuse in church grounds to sit for a while and wait and avoid stares. But no matter how hard you try to hide, 2 white people in Colombo stick out like sore thumbs! Eventually we were allowed in and spent far too much money, but we blame the air con for keeping us in for so long!

After a few more hours in Colombo, we finished the afternoon with Lime Juice at the Galle Face Hotel, before being reunited with Heshan thathi and made a stop off to pick up Roshith mali from his friend’s. Now you can’t just pick people up in Sri Lanka, you must stop for tea, snacks and chats, which usually ends in some sort of confusion and takes several hours! Last night did not disappoint! We were particularly impressed at how Heshan and the others switched swiftly between Sinhala and English without a thought. This meant that we understood half of the conversation and spent most of our time trying to work out if we understood what they were saying or not. They said they had invented a new language, "singlish"! It is very impressive to us, who struggle to speak 1 language! This then turned into a full on conversation regarding different accents, with all Lankans agreeing that they do not understand Norn Iron…they even asked Anna if she understand Caroline, which she obviously does not!

We had a cup of tea with them and the Sri Lankan equivalent of mini sausage rolls crossed with Cornish pasties. These were lovely, though it looked like we amazed and slightly offended our hosts when we turned down a second one. We had KFC only an hour before, however we force fed ourselves another and drank lots so to rectify! Similar expressions were present on the faces of our hosts later that evening around the dinner table when we had to make a very strong case against eating a second helping of macaroni and chicken at 10.30pm!

We are looking forward to our early 6.30am tomorrow (Wednesday) as we are going down to Hambantota where we will be spending the next 2 weeks reunited with our children and teachers! We are very very excited and can’t wait to see everyone again and be back in our Sri Lankan home. We should be arriving around lunch, which mean just in time for our favourite lunch of vegetable rice, potatoes, chicken and all the trimmings! Also means we will get to see the Afterschoolers, who we are expecting to have grown a lot!

Finally we end this entry with a DISCLAIMER….yes we do realise we have talked more about eating and food than the children and anything else in general, we hope to rectify this in the coming days! For the record we are not obsessed with food!
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Faduma on

loool for some reason I know think you only went to Lanka to get fed....hmmm

Roz on

Taking REFUSE in a church, huh? Couldn't you find decent rubbish elsewhere? lol x

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