It’s obviously been a while since our last post, mainly because we were doing a lot of the same thing in Arugam Bay and partly because finding decent enough internet to upload photos without taking hours was a mean feat. That’s not to say that it wasn’t an amazing time. Here’s the highlights:
Arugam Bay – The Place
- The beach – We were lucky enough to stay only a very short walk from a gorgeous beach, lined with palm trees and colourful fishing boats that would come in from their morning fish from dawn til noon. An awesome place to swim, escape the humidity or chill out and play some cards. We were there for a full moon weekend, which is apparently a big deal in Sri Lanka. Busloads upon busloads of locals took over the beach, swimming in their full getups and loving life. At one point Liam and I got in with them so that they could play on our surfboards and got mobbed. Really good fun.
- The surf – apparently amazing. Liam and the boys had some great days out there. I even managed to catch a wave or two (seriously…. only one or two). The main point at Arugam Bay was always super packed, so we generally got ourselves a tuk tuk out to a beach called Peanut Farm where there was far less people and better waves.
- The locals – super friendly, super helpful. All round great people. We were a little concerned that, as a Muslim town, it may be a little more difficult for women but I never felt unsafe or even the slightest bit of concern.
- The food – some great little restaurants that Liam and I could eat lunch at for $3.50 for the two of us. There was also some more expensive places, but generally they were all amazing. Everybody’s convinced that this one street little town is going to absolutely explode in the next few years. We’re glad to have experienced it as simple as it is.
- Hurricane Honey – actually not nearly as destructive as I thought he would be, though that’s not to say that he wasn’t in fine form. It was actually a whole lot of fun hanging out with Dyl. He can certainly get the party going. You’ll be happy to know that Liam has no new tattoos, Lyne (though I cant say the same for Dylan).
- Grace and Mark – goes without saying that these two are pretty high on our list of legends. Flew from India to meet us, instigated many a card game, beersbee match, card game and activity in general. So stoked to be traveling with them again.
- Mitch – buddy of Mark and Grace who’s going to travel with us all through India. He and Mark play in a duo together. Amazing musician and very funny guy. He and Mark played an awesome 2-hour set the other night at one of the bars in Arugam and it was one of the best nights we had there.
- Ross and Rach – lovely English couple that Mark and Grace met in India. Ross is a master MC and Rach is one of the loveliest girls you’ll meet. Awesome fun to hang out with.
- Slater – One of Dyls mates from Lord Howe and one of the most inappropriate but hilariously funny guys you will meet in your lifetime. Will have you in stitches within a few minutes.
- Mitch #2 – Another Lord Howe local now living near Lightning Ridge working as a paramedic. Super lovely, considerate, caring, fun guy to hang out with. Awesome dude to patch you up if needed (which most of us needed).
- Dave / Sass – Dyl’s kiwi mate who’s now living on Lord Howe. Quiet but fun and funny guy. Get’s all the girls with his curls, so much so that Dyl cut out of of his curls and superglued it to his own hair. Did not get Dyl all the girls.
- Neville – late addition as he moved in to our house when Ross and Rachel left. Definitely had a life story to tell. Indian guy who has lived in the US and Australia his whole life. Went from corporate high-flyer to cab driver with a smile on his face. Also went from very bad frisbee thrower to good frisbee thrower in a very short time. Lovely guy.
- Beersbee – obviously.
- Card playing – with Mark Chapman in the picture, obviously. New games introduced to the fold though. Crazy.
- Jams – Mark and Mitch playing some amazing music.
- Safari – or “safari” as it wasnt all that exciting, though we did see a Bear Sloth having a little chill in a pool of water. Serengeti it wasn’t, but still a fun way to spend an afternoon.
- Cooking family meals – having a house was amazing because we could all cook together. We’re all basically eating vegetarian and I’ve never eaten so healthily in my life (aside from the Rotti’s).
- Chilling, beaching, hanging out with legends – three weeks of awesome.
We left Arugam two days ago and made our way to a town called Ella and then caught a train to another town called Nuwara Eliya where we are now. Amazing train journey and another blog post to come shortly (it wont take another month, I promise Lee).