That evening was also spectacular
. I wish I had taken photos of the kitchen and food preparation as it was the real deal; open fire-stove and all. Piya has two lovely daughters, Uma who is 20 and Andahli, who is 16. They answered our questions about preparation while Mrs Piya worked and directed the girls. This was the first time I had seen curry made or a coconut scraped and prepared. I had serious misgivings about how spicy the food would be, but courage prevailed and our meal was very delicious! Carmen and I ate with the two grandfathers----all others ate in the kitchen----including Mrs. Piya, not my culture so I stayed quiet and tried to be gracious. Piya taught us how to scoop the curry with our fingers which was a bit difficult for me as proven by all the rice in my lap when I stood up. Piya also steered me away from the curry he called "dynamite" which Carmen ate and loved. Most of you know about my comprised digestive system and I am happy to report that this meal and the curry and native drink Arrack (no Sri Lankan women drink alcohol, oops) caused no digestive problems.
This day was exciting. I was nervous about cultural expectations but didn't seem to create any faux pas besides drinking a glass of Arrack which the men seemed to think amusing. (I think) Piya's family was so warm and welcoming. I felt privileged .
I'm loving this trip in case you couldn't tell. Below are photos of random scenes of beauty, love and friendliness. Hope you are all well and happy and still full of turkey and the warmth of your families. Happy Thanksgiving.
Yesterday Carmen and I were invited to a special family breakfast of the family of our wonderful driver, Piya. His granddaughter is five months old and the astrological charts told the family that all was aligned and today would be a good day for her to have her first solid food, rice. After the first taste of rice, the baby is placed on the floor by the gifts brought for the occasion and what he/she chooses indicates which kind of luck she/he will have in life. This little girl choose money over toys or clothes. (I didn't check but I believe the parents, like parents everywhere, may have placed the money closer to her reach? ) This means that her life will be prosperous. After the first bite and many photos, the family shares a morning meal. This invitation was a VERY special treat for both Carmen and me. I guess we passed the family test as we were invited back for dinner that night.