Sri Lanka 9 Stuck
“If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans“- Woody Allen
Part 1- 1st August, 11:21am
Arugam bay, s***, I’m still only in Arugam bay.
I thought my next entry would Batticola, Pollonaruwa or scribbled on a sweaty bus journey.
But I’m not. I’m lying on the balcony of the cabin.
I have been struck down.
It started yesterday afternoon with a slught grumbling in my guts. I ignored it- spicy food and I’d been loose for a while.
But by the evening it was worse and this morning I was forced to abandon my trip North.
I’m really gutted about it! The feeling in the camp has improved after a few minor falling outs last week, but still I was looking forward to lighting out on my own and seeing the ancient cities of Pollonaruwa and Anuradhapura.
It’d give me a chance to see more of the country and break out of this kind of loafing, beach bum existence I have here in Arugam Bay, which while fun is starting to feel like a wasted opportunity.
Also I kind of wanted to get away and having some time to myself.
But feeling this rough I didn’t fancy a long bus ride. So the plan changed today I would recuperate- sleep, lots of water, read some Keith Richards, listen to podcasts and scribble away in the hope that by the evening I’d be feeling better.
And so I am living by one of this trip’s oft-repeated phrases:
“Make a plan, change a plan”
So tomorrow if the PTB smile upon me I will go to Ella and then Kandy before reuniting with the guys in Colombo.
Hopefully next time I write I’ll be up in the hills.
Part 2- 1st August, 5:35pm
Well, the proposed Ella-Kandy trip has bitten the dust. There’s only one train and it arrives in Kandy at 2:30am.
Hmmmm, I’m out.
So no solo jaunt on this trip.
Okanda with the guys tomorrow and then bussing across on Wednesday.
Hopefully the full day in Colombo will make up for it.
As this is a bit of a short post and I want to get the Sri Lankan ones out of the way, here’s a bunch of random things I scribbled during the trip:
Who in the hell would by condoms called “rough riders”? Its a truly hideous connotation to apply to them? Seriously, just a stupid name. Although, thinking about it I’ve never seen why they picked Trojan either, as isn’t the entire point of Troy was that the Greeks got in. I just have the image of sperm sawing and hammering a wooden horse together to trick the rubber.
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The Boss’ original of “The Ghost Of Tom Joad” is nothing like the Rage Against The Machine version, but both are brilliant. The Boss’ has a kind of simplistic beauty and captures the desperation, which the RAtM version does as well but adds anger and turns the “I’ll be there” refrain into a battlecry.
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Sign that it’s been too long since I’ve had sex- listening to Gillian Anderson’s Desert Island Discs episode I got a little thrill, that voice!
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George Foreman will now be my hero and inspiration. This is due to hearing about his come back to boxing to be champ at 45.
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A week of no TV and my mind is constantly replaying a scene from The Big Bang Theory that I watched on the flight. Here you go: