Long shot of Pigeon Island. More Video
Went to Trinco over Avurudu. No electricity, didn’t answer the phone, didn’t think about shit. Raining half the time but Trinco is nice. Swam till my back got burnt ragged, head looking like a matchstick. Place is full of cows. In the morning they come and shit all over the beach path. Then the dung beetles comes and roll it away in time to swim. Trinco’s underdeveloped, but things seem to work.
Take a boat out to Pigeon Island for like Rs 2,000. Pigeon Island is tiny but it’s still on the map. Surrounded by coral which is lovely, except when you step on it. Turned me into shark bait pretty fast. Saw some fish though. Not Nemo but the William Defoe one. Pick up some sand and it’s barely sand at all, just crushed coral. This whole place musta got hammered by the tsunami.
Families start showing up. Army guy with an artificial leg. Army/Navy people. They’re bringing all the picnic fixings plus automatic weapons. Give their kids some candy, they give ours some biscuits. Say they’re from Wattala. I’m from Colombo. How you doing.
At night the only light is from a gas and oil lamps. We eat a whole roasted parau fish. White flesh flaking off the bone. Our vegetarian keeps telling me this fucked up shit while I’m eating. Like chickens only have one orifice and eggs come out of their butt. He’s appalled as people scramble over the eyeballs.
The civilian part of Trinco town is kinda dirty and small. I dunno. It was raining. There’s intermittent showers and roads between Trinco and Nilaweli. Kovils everywhere, everybody speaking Tamil, not to much to buy or do. Check out Lover’s Leap at Koneswaram Temple. They have a sick drum machine. Literally a drum with some mechanical drumstick attached to it.
Coming home feeling bit sick. Word on the street is that some old lady got copped with a bomb. People just need to chill out long enough to build roads here. The soldiers look like 18. Try to smile at all of them. Get bags opened and searched like three times heading out, last time in Kantale. Tired.
Not a bad holiday. I’d recommend it in better weather. The roads are horrid. Worse than Vavuniya actually. There’s construction between Habarana and Trinco, when it’s done it should be a nice ride. It’s crazy how much the South has developed in comparison. If people could just chill out for a minute there’s so much potential. One lives in hope. Hope you had a good New Year.