Dinner last night was a curry with Amberella, an apple like slightly bitter vegetable, red rice, garlic and chilli dahl, a fabulous finely cubed salad of pineapple, cucumber, tomato, onion and green chilli. It was sensational!
Woke to a cup of tea and another wonderful Galle breakfast. Today it was fresh Stringer Hoppers, fresh coconut sambal and a delicious Indian Style donut shaped item with hot green chilli in it. They were called Wades. Fresh papaya, banana bread and mixed fruit jam were the finishing touches. The String Hoppers are made by extruding rice flour dough through a hand press with small holes into boiling water onto a bamboo circular steamer which shapes the spaghetti like strands into a small circle.
The time came to depart and Kodi refused to accept any money for feeding us for 4 days. He is one of the most generous and caring people we have met. It was sad saying goodbye to Meena and Kodi but we may well stay there on our way back. Kodi insisted on driving us to Unawatuna our next stop. On the way he stopped at a roadside vendor on a bicycle and bought us a King Coconut each. The vendor opened them with great dexterity and a large cleaver like knife. We drank the milk and he the chopped them open making a spoon from the outside and we scraped the coconut jelly from inside. A new experience for us.
On the way to Unawatuna, Kodi told us that he and Meena wanted to give us a house to live in if we came back in his village at no cost to us. We were very touched by his generosity and gratefully accepted his offer. He will show us the house if we stay on our way back.
Kodi told us that many poor Sri Lankans called the Tsunami Golden Water. Although they lost many family and loved ones they got enormous benefits from the Government and Foreign aid. Many got new houses while their own was still repairable and now own two! They were all given portable gas burners for cooking but as many still had them they sold them for cash on the streets. It is indeed “An Ill Wind That Does Nobody Any Good”.
Arrived at The Villa Boutique Hotel right on the beach at Unawatuna, one of Sri Lanka’s best. Erica had negotiated a 20% discount which brought it within our reach. We have a fabulous top floor room with high ceilings. The view from our room and private balcony is first class to say the least. Palm trees grace the shore and gentle waves caress the sandy beach. All you could ask for in a tropical beach house! There is a beachfront restaurant below which we shall put to the test this evening. The tsunami wave that came through here was only 10 feet high and only damaged the ground floor so if a Tsunami warning alarm should sound it is safe to stay in our room!