Sri Lankan Firsts

There are some things I’ve done in Sri Lanka that I’d never done anywhere else before.

Here they are:

  • Teach English
  • Teach primary children
  • Wear a sari (including running, skipping, singing, walking in a sari)
  • Walking along the train tracks
  • Ride in a train engine next to the driver
  • Ride on the back of a motorbike
  • Go to a Big Girl Party
  • Go to an Alms Giving
  • Visit a Buddhist temple
  • Visit a Hindu kovil
  • Do a Presentation Skills session for 200 adults whose first language is not English
  • Co-Run two English Days
  • Bathe (wash) in a river
  • Use a cheetiya
  • Go on a 27 hour hike
  • Eat regularly with my hands
  • Be involved in a bus crash
  • Stand in the open doorway of a moving bus
  • Dance on a moving bus on a school trip
  • Ride in a three wheeler (or tuk tuk)
  • Be worshipped
  • Light an oil lamp
  • Go to a tea party with armed men
  • Visit the Ministry of Education
  • Sleep under a mosquito net
  • Watch monkeys playing on telephone wires
  • See a scorpion
  • Endure a leech bite
  • Get a bus with a bike
  • Get a three wheeler with a bike
  • Go cycle touring on my own
  • See a dog get hit by a car
  • Ride in a truck that used to belong to the LTTE
  • Eat avocado with sugar – really, really tasty
  • Drink cucumber juice
  • Eat strange (to me) and exciting fruits: woodapple, jambu, mangosteen, rambutan, jak fruit
  • Eat sugar cane
  • Visit a prawn farm
  • Visit a salt farm
  • Sit on a bus while the tyre was changed
  • Sit on a crowded public bus while it stopped at a petrol station to fill up

5 Responses to “Sri Lankan Firsts”

  1. Suchintha says:

    You are a wonderful girl.I appriciate your bravery and courage to do all these things in a foreign country.
    Suchintha

  2. Sam and Pete says:

    Can you pet the prawns on the farm? You know like when you visit a petting farm in the UK and pat the cows?

    Still have bad memories of dog hit by coach in China. Not nice.

    Sari’s are fine until you need the loo and then there is just too much material. Or at least I thought so. Perhaps I was wrapping it wrong! Perhaps I needed a shewee?

    Theres a seat on the back of my motobike when you get back to the UK!!! No cows (or dogs) in the road to avoid. No tuk-tuks going the wrong way. Proper roads with people that follow the rules. In general.

    So enjoying your blog…..

    Sam x

  3. Kath says:

    Hi Suchintha: Thanks very much! It is all made much easier by having great friends like you to help me. 🙂

  4. Kath says:

    Hi Sam:

    You can’t pet the prawns (or the salt for the matter). 🙂

    I agree about saris and the loo, way too much material to try to keep track of. The shewee might help, haven’t tried it with a sari, but I suspect they are easier to use with trousers than with a skirt of any description. 🙂

    A seat on the back of your motorbike does sound cool. It’ll be interesting to see what it’s like being on a bike in a country with proper roads and proper road rules. 🙂 I don’t have to hold babies, umbrellas, bread, bags, etc do I?

    I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog. I’ll keep writing and you are very welcome to keep reading! I’m enjoying getting comments from you.

    Thanks!! 🙂

  5. Kath, You have specifically identified the specific activities. We, Sri Lankans cannot identify these activities specifically. Only foreign visitors can do so.
    By the way, Bathe in a river or well is now not so visible in the society. We tend to use bathrooms. That’s why in some recent Sinhala films, bathing women are shown to attract audiences. There is a saying in Sinhala. If you want to see the real beauty of a woman you should see her while she is bathing with ‘DIYA REDDA’ (cloth wore by women when they are bathing at rivers or wells/ public places.

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