09.06.2014 30 °C
We had only really gone through Galle (where we are staying), in tuktuks, so we decide yesterday morning to go for a walk around the town. We have been told several times that there was a Governor of Sri Lanka in 1855, who had the surname Ward. Walking into town yesterday we came across Ward Road. Reading up about him, Henry Ward was a decent fellow and did lots of good for Sri Lanka. He was married to Emily Ward and had two sons; Dudley and Swinburne (possible future family names??). There has been no Governors with the surname Mulligan, but Bill reckons they will have opened a pub somewhere.
We cannot go anywhere here, without people shouting out to us, coming up to say hello, or trying to take us somewhere. The night before, Bill had gone out alone to go to the shop; before he went I made him write the name and road of our hotel down as he is notorious at getting lost. Needless to say, he got lost, he said the streets were teeming with people and everybody was asking him if he was lost and if he needed help. This man said he would show Bill the way and he went down a narrow lane, Bill said he didn't want to go that way and the man told him, he was not a liar and Bill was to follow him. He did take Bill to a shop, but not the one he was originally heading for. On his way back to the hotel, Bill was obviously wandering around lost and a tuktuk driver who had previously given us a ride, took Bill back to the hotel free of charge.
Anyway, there we were wandering around the streets, people were coming up to us, asking us where we are going? where are we from? where are we staying? and do we like Sri Lanka? We would estimate that eighty percent of people that speak to us, end up wanting to take us somewhere or want money from us, but nobody is threatening and they are all extremely polite. When we refuse, they just tend to turn around and leave us immediately. I was talking to a man today, who told me his whole family died in the tsunami and he just has his daughter left and would I give him money so he could give her fruit, when I said sorry, he just turned in the opposite direction. Strolling around Galle, we walked around the fruit and vegetable market and people were really happy to tell us about things we didn't know. We also made our way to the spice market, but they got bored with us, when we told them we were not going to buy anything. We love the vibe and activity going on in the streets and the people rushing around.
Walking into Galle, we had come across our washing hanging on a line, down the road from our hotel (it couldn't have been more than thirty minutes from us handing it into the hotel). It had just rained and it was soaking wet on the line (I would take it in and wash again at home). Today we asked when we would get our washing back and they said midday as it was just being done!). It did come back smelling nice. We went to eat in the fort in the evening and as we were eating, we could see people pointing up the street, Bill went to investigate. He came back telling me that it was a Komodo Dragon, just walking down the road, which was over three foot long. There were several dogs barking at it, but their owners took them away, as they told Bill it can give quite a punch with it's tail. It looked like a crocodile, without the long nose.
Chris had nominated Bill to have to jump in the sea (some sort of challenge). For days, Bill has been saying "I have to jump in the sea today". Well, today he did. Walking to the fort, there is a pier and when we got there, there was a group of older teenagers jumping in the sea and messing around. We were asking them if the sea was deep enough to jump into and they were not quite understanding what we were saying. They did start to say Bill had to pay to jump in the sea, but we just told them, that we were not going to give them money and Bill was going to jump in the sea. After, Bill had done his jump, the boys then proceeded to show him how to jump in the sea properly. Bill said the sea was rather dirty, but lovely and warm.
Tomorrow we are going to Mirissa, which is a seaside resort about thirty kilometres away. We have arranged for a tuktuk to take us.