December 29th, 2007 – by: Devika1985
Negombo Beach - :) It was very hard to get this shot because the lil'guy *or girl* was soooooo fast!
Day 4 - Negombo - Colombo - Negombo
Day 4 arrived.. At this point I was really looking forward to the 30th.
I couldnâ€™t wait any longer to meet my family and I was getting a little nervous and also more excited by the minute. In the morning we went to the beach where Nel had arranged for us to go on a Catamaran. The Catamaran would take us out to sea and after that drop us of at the fishmarket of Negombo.
It was really great but there wasnâ€™t a lot of wind so we moved pretty slow. The crew on the Catamaran was so friendly and they told us a lot about the area and the different fish and the methods of the fishermen in that area. Very nice and informative! While we were at sea a dead fish came floating by and the one of the guys from the Catamaran jumped in the water to get it. It was huge!!! They checked if the fish was still fresh and healthy and they told us they would eat the fish at lunch. They were so excited about finding that dead fish! Hihi.. We sat on the Catamaran for about an hour before we arrived at the fishmarket. That was really great! Very busy, there were people everywhere and we saw the most amazing fish and other sea creatures. Very big fish but also very colourfull fish like the yellow fish you can see in the pictures. We went to some sort of tent with a pink cover where people were busy cleaning fish. A lady had a knife between her feet wich she used to cut open the fish and clean it.
Aww... I felt sorry for the fish.. :( It was such a pretty one!!
A guy who was working there showed us a flying fish. We walked around for a bit longer and then me and my father decided to go to Colombo that afternoon. I suddenly got the idea to visit the hospital where I was born. Just to see the place. I was born in Kalubowila hospital in Colombo. Andrew had another appointment so he called a friend to take us to the hospital. I also asked him to show us a buddhist temple because I wanted to see just one. When I was 12 I saw a million but like with the Batik thing, I was not interested back then. Now I was and I wanted to see atleast one big temple.
Andrew explained to me that I might not be able to enter the hospital since 2 weeks earlier a baby was stolen from the hospital.
The baby turned up thankfully and was unharmed but the whole thing was set up with the help of 2 doctors and a nurse and the security at the hospital was now very strict. The drive to the hospital was a lot of fun. It was soooooo busy in the streets since all the people were doing their last shopping for newyear. The traffic in Sri Lanka is a sight itself. Unbelievable how it works there. The horn in the car is the most important piece of the car I think. Sleeping in the backseat is a no-go I think because the noise is unbelievable. It was so funny to me since just last week I saw a Dutch tv program in wich a guy got a fine from the police because he was greeting a co-worker with his car horn. In my country you get a fine for unnecessary noise with the horn! And the vehicles you see in the streets are so funny. The colourfull tuc-tucs, the bussess fully loaded with people there isnâ€™t even space left for air, the little trucks with loads wich are way too heavy and would break all the safety restrictions in my country, but still very entertaining to watch!
When we arrived at the hospital I took a picture immediatley.
It was the first and last picture I could take because security was at the scene right away. The police didnt seem to mind that much after the guide that took us explained the situation. We had to go to the directorâ€™s office to ask permission after that. Since the director was not there we didnt get permission to go in. It wasnâ€™t really that bad since I didnâ€™t even know what I expected from the place. I just wanted one picture of the entrance and I had that picture so it was fine for me. We went back to the car and drove out of the city to visit the Kelany temple. This was really amazing. Itâ€™s the biggest temple in the Colombo area and it was soooooooo pretty. The mural paintings were gorgeous. I dont know a lot about Buddhism but i will definatley try to find out more about it later on. It was all so interesting to me. We saw the mural paintings wich were so pretty and they told the story of the life of Buddha. There was a big tree with a Buddha statue and people were waiting in front of the tree in a big line with blue pots.
I dont know what it was for but I will read more about it to find out. There was big group of people praying outside on the ground with a monk who was saying the prayers. I put some flowers (Purple Lotus Flowers) with the statue of Buddha. The Lotus flower is picked for this because it was the favourite flower of Buddha. The guide told us a lot of things about when Buddha is in meditating position or when he is in speaking position. He told us about the temple and the history of it. I always thought the big white buildings near temples that look like a giant bell were just other temples. I learned that they arenâ€™t but they are used to put holy items in it. I asked the guide where the door was since I didnâ€™t see any. He told me there was no door. So I asked him how the monks could get in. I thought maybe there is something like a tunnel from the temple?! Who knows?! But then I learned there is no way to enter it. They have been made once and are sealed forever.
Nobody can ever enter it. We saw the statue of the king of the temple and I learned that every temple has itâ€™s own king. There was also a golden statue of his wife, the queen. The temple is very famous by young couples that want to get married. They believe that if you go to the temple before you get married you get to see Buddha in a month or 2 months after.
Near the temple was a big house and the guide told us it was a school for Monks and the Monks also live there. He told us that Monks can never leave the temple grounds only to travel home to see their family. You can become a Monk from the age of 8/9 already! They live from the food they get from the people in the city.
We drove back to the hotel and again I went to sleep for a few hours. In the evening I had dinner and went to bed right after. I couldnâ€™t wait for our trip to Ratnapura.. but I also couldnâ€™t believe that at the same time the next day I had already met them. It was a very strange thought.. I wondered if my mother was a Buddhist.. and what her life had been like.. I wondered what my oldest brother looked like since I hadnt seen a picture of him yet.. I wondered what their house would be like. At dinner my mother had told me that Andrew told her things would be different as we thought.
That there were people in the village that couldnâ€™t know about me and that we had to be careful. I didnâ€™t know what to think of all that and I couldnâ€™t wait to find out more about it. That night I didnâ€™t sleep a lot.. I woke up every hour or so..