I have spoken about Sri Lanka's singing bread truck a coup of times, but today, today I sort of wanted to kill the singing bread truck.
I think if I would have chosen to sleep on the road- I would have a greater chance for a restful sleep and just as I was blocking out all the traffic and dog barking- settling in for a quick nap... boom that darn singing bread trucks comes a rolling around- who knew Sri Lanka was so big on their bread?!?!? This truck comes around at a minimum of twice a day (more for heavily populated areas).
Shredded coconut and red rice, fruit salad, and local honey!
This was one of my all-time favorite breakfasts at Sion! Most other mornings, I was missing a carb for my gluten-free option but this rice and freshly shredded coconut were just what I needed and something so simple, yet, I had never considered creating it myself before. This was the Sri Lankan version of muesli.
The fruits typically were bananas, papaya, pineapple and only the lucky days, mangos!
Anne Marie was in a bit of pain from her travels so I offered to provide Reiki to her. Upon initial review, I realized she needed a more hands-on approach- so we hung out and tried to help release some of her back pain.
All while the Sion pups watch/chilled with us on the beach.
They have over 600 dogs and never enough time to provide them all with the love and attention they deserve!
Some dogs are disabled. Some dogs are just in need of a home. Either way, this was emotionally very hard for me.
The past couple of years I had dealt with (and overcome many) anxieties but one of the anxieties I struggled with was an over-compulsion for cleanliness and being around 600+ dogs really had my anxiety sky-rocketing.
That and the recent adoption of my Lutana, an abused pup herself, I really found it emotionally draining to see how poorly people treat animals and then to watch Flo and Maze (the main employees for Animal SOS) give up any financial freedom to live and eat with these animals to ensure that they receive a proper chance in life, well, it is just amazing to me! It humbles me and makes me want to be a bit less selfish than I am today.
This being my very first lesson and one of the few times I’ve been in the ocean since- well since way back when we used to head to Myrtle Beach, S.C as kids every Easter to spend time with my grandparents.
During our land lesson, it began to rain. The raindrops being a bit on the freezing side and unwelcomed- made it difficult to hear the instructor and difficult to want to participate- but I’m in freaking Sri Lanka and I am taking this opportunity to learn surfing!
After a quick lesson on land- we were off into the water!
Thankfully the water is much warmer than the rain droplets on land!
I got out there- laid on my board and was ready to rock and roll.
First wave and I was almost fully up- now I’m determined to go back, try again, and get up!
After a couple heavy wave hits- all of my last year’s injuries started - in a sense - to scold me.
Our instructor, Ralph ( a “Live. Eat. Breath surfing for 30+ Years kind of a guy - actually started as a hair stylist in London) convinced me to give it “one more go” and I’m so happy he did because this time I got up on my board. It was awesome - but I need to honor my body and slow down. I made my way to land and had some time to get to know some of the addition Sion Surf Camp guests that were also out for a surf lesson.
“If at first, you don’t succeed, try try try again!”
Okay so we are all humans and we all enjoy a bit of competition- right?
Well I spoke with Ollie, one of the best Sion Employees (he is really the one who helped ensure all of my meals were gluten-free and vegan) and scored the “Gina Team” some Sion Surf Camp stickers at a price - we now started a competition for, who can take the most creative photo with Sion’s sticker - and whoever does will be announced as the glory winner at Friday's bonfire and receive a bottle of their local coconut liquor- Arrack.
Gina provided us a much needed restorative yoga class facing the ocean waves and the Sri Lanka sunset, which again, mind you, this happens very early here (6 pm) - which is a bit confusing to the body and mind!
The practice was cut a bit short on the account of rain!
And I think the bugs ate me up just a tad, but it was still an enjoyable practice.
One of the favorite things on this trip- eating!!!!!
After speaking with the owner, informing, in a subtle manner, that our group says, get rid of the western foods and bring in the local delicacies- tonight's dinner’s menu was now Sri Lankan local cuisine for all!
This was one of my favorite meals to date!
Rice, bitter gourd salad, green bean curry, malanga(?) curry, eggplant curry ( rather different than the night before and even more amazing) and Dahl, which tonight’s was creamy and full of the Sri Lankan flavors I was missing in the previous night's version!
So freaking good! I think I had three full plates!
It just so happened to be Angie’s, the owner of Sion's, Birthday!!!
As Americans, we have a need to celebrate.
A couple of us took a quick walk, found a chocolate and pistachio and dried fruit ice cream and headed back in search of a birthday candle! Ollie, once again, a huge help, found us a candle and helped get the celebrations moving.
With the early darkness, we did manage to get some cards against humanity it before retiring pretty early in the evening.