And I say, it's alright
Thursday 13 Jan 11 - Thursday 13 Jan 11
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Well, the sun was out today at least. Though that meant I was stuck in bed resting while others were enjoying the good weather – swimming in the pool and playing beach cricket – a form of torture for a cricket tragic who hasn’t touched a bat for two weeks.
As mentioned yesterday, we had decided to cut short our stay in Arugam Bay due to the bad weather and move on to Embilipitiya today. We didn’t go back on that decision, but we did stay a little longer than expected, eventually checking out just after three in the afternoon.
And as implied earlier, I hardly did anything today but lie around. I did manage to get down the beach in the morning for two minutes (before I returned to my room for a five hour rest) long enough to see the cows enjoying the sun on the beach, which was amusing. At least they’ve moved from our balcony, where we found two of them the first night, sheltering from the rain.
The drive to Embilipitiya was slightly longer than expected due to road works, and we arrived about eight, in time for dinner.
Embilipitiya is hardly a spectacular place in itself, but we regularly stop off here to visit the Lankas, a family we met at their beach hotel on Christmas Day 2004. Their home and business was destroyed the following day, and since then, we’ve been supporting their efforts to rebuild their livelihoods inland. There are also a few good places around Embilipitiya, including Uda Walawe National Park, which we might visit in the next few days.
We called the family to the Centauria Hotel, minutes from the Lanka’s home, where we base ourselves in town, so that we could say hello. It was a joyous reunion, as it is every time, with the crew – Kumudu, the mother; Nimal, the father; Diwya (or Arundathi), the daughter, who’s about Rosie’s age; and Akcher, the son, who’s eight, a few years younger than Matty.
I need some rest now before I collapse, but just a quick note: I'm making up the temperatures you see above each post. I don't know what it actually is here, I'm just writing what it feels like, so take little notice of them if you so choose!