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This morning we visited Negomboâ€™s fish market. On our way we saw some of the typical â€˜catamaranâ€™ style fishing boats. Right outside the market were big groundsheets for drying fish. Havenâ€™t seen that before. At the market itself many colourful exotic species of fishâ€¦.. we got some explanation from a fisherman but I forgot about the names!
We paid a short visit to the remains of the Dutch fortifications, passing the jail where many people were waiting outside to visit their relatives/friends to bring them some food. The atmosphere in front of the jail (same walking road as to get to the fort) was not so friendly.
In the late afternoon we did a boat trip. Passing the Dutch canal we sailed (six people in a small boat) along the canals and visited a tile factory (heavy work!) and we saw a â€˜toddy tapperâ€™ at work; which means climbing a high palm tree to get the juice from which they produce arak. In the mean time it started raining cats and dogs, the boat (no roof) became very slippery and we had to return to the hotel.
At night we had a â€˜BBQâ€™ in covered open air restaurant. The meal was started by lightning the traditional oil lamp. This night we were eating with our hands (no cutlery).