I live on a small island in the Salish Sea off the west coast of Canada. It’s small, it’s semi-rural, you pretty much know everyone. Or at least know of them. I’m surrounded by ocean and forests galore. I’ve lived there for close to 20 years, choosing nature over the cement of the city.
Working in Sri Lanka in 2016/2017, I ended up being based in Colombo the capital of Sri Lanka. A cosmopolitan city where coffee is $5 and yoga classes are $20. There’s traffic to beat the band – a heck of a lot of it! And the usual stinky smells of a large metropolitan city in tropical climes. It was not my favourite place and I much preferred heading north and east to the businesses I would work with, surrounded by the sea or by paddy fields and the jungle.
This time round I had a little more sense. I asked (begged!) to be based outside of Colombo and to have a little place with a kitchen where I could cook my own food and be self-sufficient. Voila …. I’m living in Matara with the Indian Ocean right on my doorstep.
This is no trial let me tell ya! Yes it has no A/C which is a tad challenging when the humidity hits 85%+, but with those sea breezes and a little fan going, all is good.
It’s even better when the local fisherman offers you a massive lobster and you have to turn it down as you don’t have a pot large enough to cook it in. Instead you grab some local prawns and toss them in a little oil with a thai slaw salad for dinner.
And for dessert some fresh papaya from the back yard of one of the business owners I met yesterday.
Two out of the three businesses I worked with yesterday all offered coconut water direct from the king coconut itself … such a thirst quencher.
I’m in foodie heaven here.