Friday 14 Jan 11 - Friday 14 Jan 11
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A bit of a rest day today as we gear up for what should be, weather permitting, a fairly busy next few days.
A sleep in followed by a light breakfast and I was feeling a little more energetic than recent days, so we wandered over to the Lanka’s house to say hello to the girls. Akcher and his cheeky grin met us at the gate, and I chased him around the garden and the house until he surrendered. He brought out the bat and ball (along with Josh Herdman’s old cricket helmet, thanks Josh!) and we set up a game of cricket that soon had everyone involved.
After losing interest in that, he changed into his bathing costume and we got the message. It was pretty warm by that stage, and we were in need of a swim, too, so we walked back to Centauria and jumped in.
Refreshed but still a little lethargic and with not too much to do anyway, we simply lounged by the pool before a small lunch. The group then gathered to say farewell to the early leavers: Chris, Liam, Shruti and Michelle were going back to Colombo today, all bar Michelle going home to Australia.
The second half of the day was even easier. I spent most of the afternoon in front of the TV in the hotel lobby, watching Aaron Finch smash the Poms all over the MCG en route to a narrow and long awaited Australian victory. Also watching were an English couple that I got chatting to. They’re in Sri Lanka for a few weeks to escape the European winter (and I can’t say I blame them) before they head home via the Maldives. We talked everything from cricket to topics slightly away from cricket, as cricket fans in front of a game are wont to do.
In the early evening the group went back to the Lanka’s, drinks in tow, for a chat and wind down from our incredibly stressful and busy day. The temperature is beautiful here in the evenings, similar to a Melbourne early summer’s night, but we did have to worry about mosquitoes. The many mozzies here are large and look menacing, probably thanks to the nearby lake, but they’re also very dumb and slow – easy to kill. I just hope they’re not carrying anything…
As an incredibly kind gesture, Nimal (a dance teacher) offered to organise a small show for us. The Kandyan (traditional Sri Lankan) dancing was great, as were the costumes, and Akcher, almost certainly on his parents’ insistence, also performed for us. We were all amazed at his proficiency, but he’s obviously got very good genes.
The non-guesthouse stayers left us, and only Malah, Raj, Ro, Mat, Rina and I remained. Kumudu cooked this select group a wonderful dinner – better, we agreed, than the food at any of the hotels – before we bid goodnight to the world.