The wannabe Sri Lankans have arrived!
Trip Start May 21, 2007
131Trip End Aug 09, 2013
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2 planes, 1 train, 1 van, 4 airports, 3 meals 27 hours and 5200 miles later we arrived in Lanka Land!
I feel it's only right that we share our "how to to survive
a 12.5hr flight" guide:
Buy an eye mask. Emma slept for about 6hrs on
and off, Hannah and I managed about 6mins between us. I think Emma’s fetching eye mask had a lot to
do with this.
Book the “cot seats”. That extra leg room is
amazing and also bodes well if you want to try sleeping on the floor in front,
which leads to point 3….
Don’t sleep on the floor of a long haul flight
because when you start to drift off, you will get awakened by the flight
attendant to sit up as “oxygen masks won’t be able to reach you in an emergency”.
Hannah will give you more info in that since she experienced it first hand.
Always read the small print on the ticket so you’re
not surprised by an hour stop off in the Maldives en route
Try not to break your TV within 5mins of boarding
the flight or else it can be a very long 12.5hrs. If you think you have, call a
flight attendant to the rescue who will fix it with blood sweat and tears for
We came straight off the plane and drove down, eventually arrived
at 8pm Lanka time. It was then a bit of unpacking, showers and time to tuck the
girls in to their mozzie nets after a bedtime story….not even the superman of
mozzies will get through that tucking!
And then it was Tuesday…although if you were to ask us, we
had no idea what day of the week it was!
It was great to see the teachers and staff again….there are
5 who have been here since I was first out and then the rest are new. They’re
brill and are still full of mischievous banter –it’s like I’ve never been away.
The girls and I were then greeted by the kids with flowers and a song. We decided
to repay the favour by singing the good old classic “if you’re happy and you
know it”. We expected cries of “encore” afterwards but I’m assuming they weren’t
heard only because they don’t know that particular word.
The girls got their first experience of preschool – playing
tin the playground, colouring in, singing…it’s just like any preschools at
home. Didn’t take long for kiddies to be hanging off them and shouts of “Hannah
Auntie” and “Emma Auntie”.
The afterschoolers are in the middle of exams so yesterday
they were having exam prep classes. We took the opportunity to plan a few
classes and think of ideas for crafts.
This morning (Wednesday) Hannah was in the kitchen for a
while helping to prepare the lunch. As is the Sri Lankan way, she was handed a machete
to cut some carrots and leeks….the carrots and leeks really made the lunch
taste amazing, a future masterchef in the making! Emma and I helped with the
craft work, then Hannah joined us again for some playground fun and parachute
time. In the afternoon we did a lesson with the youngest afterschoolers (5/6yr
olds). The girls’ drawing skills will be exceptional by the end of it….today’s hat,
cat, rat and bat were like looking at photos
The 3 of us then went down to the town with Nayani (Teacher)
in search for saris for the girls and some fruit and veg from the market.
Hannah and Emma are now kitted out in true Lankan style and I’ll unearth mine
from my suitcase. We just need to enlist the help of at least 3 people to come
and dress us….they have already been warned.
When all the staff and kids left today, we decided to take
full advantage of having a playground in our back garden….swings, see saws,
roundabout – we’re all just big kids at heart really.
So that’s our first few days in Lanka…now it’s time to give
the girls a cooking lesson (if you can call French toast cooking). Until the
next time….over and out