It’s hard to explain why we haven’t written a blog in a while. It’s not like we’ve been travelling heaps or haven’t had the time. On the contrary we have stayed in one place for the longest time since we left our home in Perth and have had more time to do nothing since before we learned to crawl.
We are staying on a secluded beach with a nice point break on our doorstep. The grounds are about 5 acres and covered with all sorts of newly planted palms, fruit trees and other colourful, tropical plants. But all the neighbours are small farms growing coconuts or peanuts so it really feels like you are in the middle of nowhere.
There’s only 3 bungalows dotted amongst the palms and a big covered area which is constructed entirely of tree trunks and branches with no walls except those surrounding the kitchen so you constantly feel immersed in nature.
To add to that feeling the squirrels dart up and down the trees while the lizards laze in the sun and the birds chirp from sun rise to set. The two pet dogs Pushka and Papaya also give us ample affection.
Kanthan our host has a smile that lights up the room. He cooks us delicious, organic meals with locally grown produce. He knows over 30 vegetable curries so each night we get a new surprise. He was affected by the 2004 tsunami, only surviving by climbing up a coconut tree which the tsunami smashed him into and broke his arm then stayed there 7 hours till the waves and water subsided. Two years ago he learnt to swim in the ocean and last year he learnt to surf. This morning we watched him carve up the waves. He was pretty stoked with his session admiring himself on the videos Matt shot.
Along with our new friend Kanthan, we have a friendship blossoming with a Swedish couple, Andy and Johanna, whom have been staying in paradise too and celebrated their one year traveling anniversary yesterday. We share discussions on travelling, books, art, business and philosophy while swinging in hammocks or sharing meals.
Every day we wake up, grab our boards and hit the waves before breakfast. Matt is getting better every day and is getting some great waves. Jill is slowly improving and becoming more confident. Our tan lines are gaining definition and are we starting to think we could possibly be Sri Lankan.
If we’re not surfing, exploring or chatting you will most likely find us swinging in a hammock reading, drawing, sleeping or just being.
So that’s our life at the moment, and since we extended to a three month visa this week, it probably going to be our life for a while to come.