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Published: November 25th 2005
Unawatuna Beach Front Resort.
A Tsunami hotel/restaurant that has already been rebuilt (note the waves lapping on the doorstep!)
We have spent the last month living in a hotel in Unawatuna, just out of Galle City. The Tsunami damaged many of the beach front hotels, but they have been quickly rebuilt, and in many cases the water laps around the door step at high tide. The tourist industry is slowly picking up again, as people come to enjoy surfing, snorkeling/diving over the coral reefs, or lounging on the beach. On the weekends we have had the opportunity to soak up some sun and enjoy this beautiful environment. We have been told that we now have the “Galle look”, which is apparently a tan.
We have now shifted into a house in Galle Fort, which is within a few minutes walking distance of Murrays office. Galle Fort is a 16th centuary Dutch Fort, complete with walls, ramparts and gates. Inside the fort there is a maze of narrow streets and many of the buildings have been restored in Dutch architectural style together with antique furniture. The walls vary in depth, and in one place it is wide enough for the soccer team to practice.
We have found an AOG English speaking church, which meets on a Thursday night. To
Hanging out with an Aussie friend at the beach (Does one of these loungers have your name on it?? If so, contact us :))
our surprise the pastor is a huge All Blacks Fan, and often knows when the next game is before we do.
We have enjoyed meeting lots of new people, local and from many different countries. After locals distinguish that we are not English, and not Australian they soon rattle off some Black Caps players, and then say New Zealand Anchor Milk and Butter, and we proudly nod. It is strange how similar we Kiwis are to Australians though, funny how this realisation comes while abroad Miriam is even toying with the idea of calling herself an Aussie. To say “I am from New Zealand” is pronounced “Mama Navaseelantha jathikayo vemi” in Sinhala, but to say your Australian is “Mama Australiyanu vemi”. Much easier!!
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