My first day in Galle

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Friday, February 17, 2006

Day 100 Thur 16th Feb 2006
My first day in Galle
Uma teaches at a local school so her and the kids were already gone by the time I got out of bed (this was around 8am by the way). The mosquito net was not that effective at keeping the monsters away, so I got attacked last night! Its not that bad but if this was day one I'm sure there is more to come, lets just hope the malaria tablets do their stuff. The maid (who can't speak or understand a word of English) made me breakfast (oh she can say that, and eggs. Oh and tea, coffee). Affan had also gone out but returned by the time I had got downstairs ready to see what the day would bring.

The first thing I needed to do was go the Sri Lankan Air office to confirm the date change on my ticket, Affan told me the office was not going to open till 10am so that gave me an hour to kill. I decided to head for the beach, it was only down the road, not even a five minute walk away. The Fort is basically just that,, a living fort that is the shape of a pentagon. It has one side that links onto the rest of Galle and the sea surrounds rest. There is a lighthouse at the end of the road the guesthouse is on, I guess that's why it's called Lighthouse Street and the guesthouse the Lighthouse Lodge! I went up to the outer wall and although it was quite hot there was a refreshing breeze blowing. I took a walk along the outer wall of the fort, it was nice and very relaxed, no one was coming up to you doing the whole 'where from you?' thing. I came back the guesthouse for around 10.15. Affan then drove me into to Galle to show me where the Office for Lanka Air was, he dropped me off there and I went in to confirm my tickets. After this I wanted to get onto the net and after trying a couple of places that were charging Rs4 per minute I found one that only charged Rs50 per hour, quite a difference don't you think? Anyway, they had a network cable connection so I could plug my Power book in and upload to the site. I had a good few weeks of up loads to do and after a couple of hours in there I had got through have of them, but my battery gave up on me. I really should try and keep up with this stuff!

I left the Internet place at 1.30pm and headed into Galle to try and find a nice place to eat. After an hour of walking around in the skull burning heat I would have settle for anywhere half decent. It seems people in Galle don't really eat out much. I came out of the main market place and sat on the rocks at the sea front for a while, just to soak up the fresh air and rest enough to get me back to the Fort. The Fort was only a ten-minute walk away and upon entering it a found a small Hotel (this is what they call all the restaurants). Again I struggled with the whole English thing but just pointed at some bread rolls that looked like they had salad in them and the old lady brought them to a table for me. I managed to get a bottle of water and a cup of tea out of them before getting back to the guesthouse. I chilled out there for a bit, the heat really takes it out of you and just walking around makes you tired.

After charging up the Powerbook I made my way back to the Internet Café in Galle. I put in another two hour shift and by the time I got out of there it way 6pm, the sky was covered with a big black cloud. I started to walk towards the Fort thinking there is now way it can rain, not here, not now. 10 minutes later I was in the fort and kind of lost my way (only slightly), just as I turned the corner that led to the guesthouse the heavens opened up and down cam the rain. It was weird to feel warm rain dropping from the sky and you would think it would be refreshing, but no, not really. I got into the guesthouse and spent the evening with Uma and her family. I don't know if they normally let guests sit in their living room or if it because I was the only one here, but it was nice.

I came up to my room to find it infested with these little things, ok not a good description I know. They were like baby mosquitos, they couldn't fly but they were all over the bed. Earlier in the evening I had emptied the contents of my Backpack onto the bed to see if there was anything I could take out and send on to Australia, all my stuff was still on the bed and covered with theses bugs. I managed to get most of them off and throw my stuff back into the Backpack, but they kept coming back. I wrapped myself up in the sleeping sheet, put the fan on full blast and tucked the net in all around me. That's the best I can do really, so hopefully its good enough. I was nice walking around the town today, I have found that anonymity I craved in India. No one really bothers you here, they get on with there own thing and let you do yours. The language thing is a bit of a problem but that's all pert of the fun.
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