Half A World Away

by Marise May | February 19, 2015 | 1 Comment

It has been three days since we landed in Sri Lanka, half a world away from our snow-covered log cabin in the woods and all that crazy Arctic weather we've been having. I must say I don't really miss winter, though the heat can get a little extreme here too.

The clock on my phone says it's 3:40 PM which feels about right, problem is that means it's actually 1:50 AM local time. And only one out of the three of us is asleep: the youngest one, who also happens to be the earliest riser. This fact combined with the daily 5 AM wake up call from the church next door will likely mean another sleepy day tomorrow with a longer than average mid-day family nap...

Jet lag and reversed body clocks aside, it has been a wonderful trip so far and both of our girls have proven to be great travellers. We can't wait to bring them to see where our spices and coconuts grow, and also visit the surrounding areas where we will experience Sri Lanka's famous biodiversity first hand.

Before that though, we're spending some time in Negombo, visiting with family and letting the girls get used to life in Sri Lanka. Let me just say right now that Chanaka's mother probably cooks the best food in the country and we are being spoiled by her daily. Today's highlight? Fresh hoppers along with some delicious honey hoppers. No, not the insects LOL :)

All you Sri Lankans and Sri Lankan food enthusiasts know what I'm taking about. I'll be posting her recipe for those soon. Along with all those amazing curries. Yum...

I do wish though that there was more access to organic foods around here. With the exception of some locally grown produce at select markets, there's really not much availability. Forget the variety we're used to at our supermarkets back home. The supermarkets here carry mostly imported products in the grocery aisles, at prices that are simply unaffordable for the average Sri Lankan, and none of it organic. I guess every country has it's pluses and minuses.

On the plus side, most homes have some type of tropical fruit tree and some produce growing in their back yard, and in the village it's common to exchange these home grown fruits, herbs or vegetables with relatives or neighbours. Most everything else will be purchased at the market and three meals per day are prepared mostly from scratch. With this in mind, and such ideal growing seasons year-round, there is definitely less dependence on store-bought foods than we have back home.

Well that's it for now, better try sleeping in the hopes of regaining a normal schedule any time soon.

More excitement still to come…

Tagged: culture, history, Sri Lanka, travel


bob hogg
February 21, 2015

bob hogg

Hi Marise and Cha: Great to imagine you there in the sweltering heat of Sri Lanka. It’s snowing here today on the farm—expecting another 10 cm—there’s well over half a metre on the ground already—the kind of winter we were familiar with a decade or more ago. By the time you return, spring will at least be in the air I assume. At least it is not like PEI wch from an aerial view must be a single sheet of very deep snow. Eat a mango for me! Love to you all.

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