On the way to Galle, the road took us through a picturesque landscape. Small boats dotted the horizon. Locals set up small shacks with rows of fish; the knife descended in an instant, “Chooop”, securing another sale.
Galle is apparently a popular destination for many Sri Lankan (and Indian?) newly weds, creating life-long memories through photo shoots and the scattered high-scale hotels. This couple was being photographed by a small crew, but I took the liberty to take several shots myself. Wouldn’t you?
I spent the morning walking around the Fort exterior walls, where the ocean is endless. Newly weds (above) and couples can be seen walking slowly or sitting and gazing outward. I came across this sculptor on the side of the road (left, below), a poor man living in a small shack (can be seen behind him). His creations include Hindi and Buddhist figures. I once heard that a man could attain Enlightenment through a simple act and becoming wholly engaged with that act. The way he worked, I wonder if he is well on his way…
WELCOME TO PARADISE
This part of Sri Lanka is renown for its STILT FISHERMEN, who bury a stilt into the sandy ocean floor, sit atop a wooden makeshift chair and cast their line into the waters. In Galle I was disappointed to hear that these fishermen no longer fish in this tradition unless it’s for a tourist’s photo and small “photo fee”. I wasn’t exactly planning to do that… But as I traveled further south with a Korean friend Jinju, we were brought to an authentic fishing site by a local. The view was spectacular, but the on-and-off rain made it difficult to photograph, not to mention the ebbing tide that almost took me in.
Jinju and I spent the day exploring the coast, making quick excursions into side-roads and ancient temples. We found a local restaurant for some good old Sri Lankan rice and curry, when we met Upul (leftmost in picture to right). An engineer who builds water-pumps in the Maldives and in Sri Lanka, who is also currently building a small shack for relaxation on the beach accompanied by a startup dry-fish business, Upul is (clearly) a man of many trades. He showed us around the area, making sure to treat us to tea several times. He’s also a Dive Master, so perhaps we’ll go diving when the time is right.