My camera had a small nervous breakdown near Yala East. This is a shitty video screen cap. The rainbow barely shows
We took the bus up to Batti, had parata, beef curry and kiri hodi at Thammy’s in the Fort. Five checkpoints coming in. Took the bus out to Kalkudah, Passikudah. One checkpoint going out. The military is organizing a big show on the beach so we went swimming in, effectively, a camp. Nice guys. Took a jog to the rocks across land that’s been given out to hotels. Kalkudah’s deserted. Not for long.
On the way back I was a hungry hungry hippo. We stopped at Logi’s kade where they were just putting the Kottu on. It came complete with big hunks of beef, one portion was enough to feed three. I highly recommend it. The shop is called Shalini. You literally cannot miss it. For now.
Logi said that Ranil Wickremasinghe and Anura Bandaranaike used to have hotels here, before the war. Gone now, bulldozed over for new developments. Now land has been given out to Gotabaya Rajapakse and Mahinda’s doctor. Among others. Apparently the entire coast we jogged along has been given out to developers.
Which is cool I guess. We’ve been roughing it something special, standing on the Valachchenai bus, smacking my head on the rail of the Batti bus as I dozed off in traffic. It’s not hard to get here but it’s not, like, easy. Once here we just got a room for Rs. 700 at The New Land Guesthouse (065 568 0440). That’s for a triple. Getting a cuttlefish dinner for like Rs. 150.
This place is still tough for girls, or older people used to more creature comforts. Roughing it is fun, but I suppose it gets old at some point, as one ages. If there was more development and, like, street lights that might be good. It just makes it a bit harder to see the stars.