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Tangalle, April 09, 2013

The beach chronicles

sunny 30 °C

Just another day at the beach. The weather has been a little less stifling the last 2 days. Could it be that the days are getting cooler as we approach monsoon season here at the southern tip of Sri Lanka? I wonder what we're in for...

Feeling a bit privileged, as there are very few tourists in sight. The long stretches of beach are virtually deserted. Of course this could also be related to the fact that the crashing waves, embedded rocks and strong currents make swimming here on Marakolliya Beach a daring feat.

Our hotel, Little Pumpkin is a delightful cluster of 3 wood cabins facing the ocean, and a raised, thatched-roof dining area on the beach. When the breeze is on it's a heavenly perch from which to contemplate the waves. A family of iguanas parade back and forth to their dining area of crab filled rocks, while Kingfishers and other colorful birds survey from the palm trees.

The chef here, who has to be older than his adolescent looks, whips up tasty variations on the standard menu we've had in every restaurant since Colombo, +/- 250 kms north. They seem to think that tourists only like certain vegetables and that we all want to eat the same food. Or perhaps there's one master chef who decided what we should all eat, and one distributor making deliveries. You really have to convince people that you LIKE spicy food in order to taste real Sri Lankan cooking. When you get it, it's a real treat.

The country seems to be 2/3 into its ascension to becoming one of Southeast Asia's top tourist destinations. Most of the west coast of the country is and has long been a top draw for German and other European visitors, but with civil war slowly receding into the past, the entire East coast is ripe for expansion and the number one economic priority is clearly increasing tourism. Sadly, that the pristine beach with few hotels where I sit will be cramped within 5 to 10 years max. As I write there are groups of men working 7 days a week on either side of me hammering away.

Posted by SpiceChronicles 01:09 Archived in Sri Lanka

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Oeh,from blog to blog,the new way of communicating :-)
Lovely to read your beach chronicles,and to dream away with those memories... Tangalle,our cabana,our private beach and marvellous food,I still treasure it every day :-) And one more time to remember:the word is 'varaan':-)
Enjoy every minute! xx

by Eve

So happy you are writing a blog. Great to Skype the other night. Much love. XoxoL

by Lisanne McDonald

What about the green toilet and the frog? Sounds spectacular...wish I was there and enjoying with you...hugs.

by JoOnna

Your words are magical. Who knew you were such a lovely writer. Enjoy. I am enjoying hearing from you. You've heard of Out of Africa ... you are embarking on a series that has Hollywood written all over it. xo xo
PS. I hope you get this email. I'm not overly computer literate. Love to Alain.

by Dawn

Love reading your blog. Such wonderful photos, too. You have a charming writing style. Sounds like the start of a great book! Enjoy each day!

by Linda

What a good idea! Great fun to read as you are very descriptive. All sounds magical and seeing the photos brings it all alive. Looking forward to more. Xxxx Lynda

by Lynda

Wow. I thought I was reading someone else's blog as it's so beautifully written like a novel. So guess what...keep writing so it becomes one. The tastes, the scenery, the appreciation through your eyes is just so compelling. xoxo

by Nicole

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