Award Ceremony

Trip Start Sep 26, 2006
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Monday, October 30, 2006

The next weekend, Denise was invited to the Hambantota District Chamber of Commerce Annual Entrepreneur Awards ceremony. She invited me to come along, so we got all decked out in our saris  and showed up to - by pure coincidence - to the overpriced-pool hotel (from last entry).
 
It is a bit of an understatement to say that we stood out - two young, good-looking, white women in saris. Not to mention we were practically the only women there (I think there was one Sri Lankan woman and one other ex-pat - a topic for further conversations...). But we felt like Sri Lankan princesses (it was nice to 'dress-up' even though we were sweating and frizzy - at least I was - before we got to the reception), which is a pretty good feeling. ;-p
 
We were seated in the second row and the ceremony began. It was all in Sinhalese. Now we were really bored Sri Lankan princesses. We couldn't talk. We couldn't sneak out for a drink. I read the annual report 8 times. I practiced counting in Sinhalese in my head.  At one point, a preying mantis came out to entertain us. I took pictures. It killed 5 minutes.
After 3 LONG hours (I'm a pretty patient person, unless I'm driving, but those were LONG hours) and only 4 muffled giggle fits fueled by pure boredom, the ceremony ended. To the bar, thank you! We had a stiff gin and a delicious meal.
 
Then the men attendees, who had consumed a few stiff gins themselves, insisted that we dance with them. And I mean insisted! They dragged us onto the dance floor where Denise showed them how to shimmy and I ended up singing - on the microphone - the only Sinhalese song I know: the Malu, malu, malu song I learnt on my birthday!
 
At the end of the night, one of the organizers arranged for us to get a ride home with another guest. This 'driver' ends up being the owner of the largest fly-fish tackle (?lures? bait? Dad, help me out here) manufacturing company in the world (he is also the only fly-fisherman in Sri Lanka...). He also looked just like Uncle Will from Fresh Prince.
 
Sri Lanka is a beautiful, wonderful place. Everyday (every hour!) I look forward to the next dose of random events, meetings and coincidences!
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