Full moon at Mirissa
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After another entertaining breakfast with Gill and Nick at Sunil's Garden, I grabbed a tuk-tuk back to the main road with my bags. It was another hot day and I waited for a local bus to come past - it can be quite an effort to flag them down sometimes as they hurtle along at a rate of knots, but I managed to persuade a driver to stop. The bus was packed, so it was really awkward with my bags trying to get on as the bus immediately sped off. I was falling all over the place and bashing into people, smiling to the locals hoping they wouldn't be too p*ssed off - in actual fact, I think they stared more in amazement at this white tourist coming on their bus! I had to stand all the way to Mirissa (LKR30/20p/30c), but it was only 45 minutes or so, so it wasn't too bad.
I retired to the guesthouse for a read and met a Belgian guy called Oliver, who was a professional photographer, and we had a chat over a great curry dinner - the family at the guesthouse certainly know how to cook rice and curry! It was poya and I'd seen signs for a full moon party down on the beach so we went down to check it out - there are only a handfull of bars on the beach, but they're nicely understated and the 'party' involved some bizarre strobe lighting and fireworks, which seems to be about as lively as Mirissa gets! I liked it, however, and we had a few drinks at Sunset Bar along with a growing crowd. It didn't turn into a big night for us (Oliver was on a self-imposed booze ban!), but it was a relaxing evening chilling out and chatting as the waves rolled in.