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Christmas vacation in tropics

Santa brought meat for Christmas, otherwise All quiet on southern front

Today, it’s exactly one month since I’ve left ex-home. It’s been great month and so far, the ancient deities blessed my journey. Glory to you Zeus, glory to you Poseidon, Hare Shiva, Hare Rama, Hare Krishna.

Since our arrival to Midigama in southern Sri Lanka our days looked like this:

6:00 waking up
6:00 - 6:30 waking up :-)
6:30 - 7:30 meditation and yoga
7:30 - 8:30 breakfast
9:00 - 12:00 surfing in Weligama
12:00 - 13:00 drinking juice in Juice Bar in Weligama
13:30 - 19:30 nothing – mostly staring at the ocean right in front of our guesthouse
19:30 - 21:00 dinner
22:00 sleeping

Repeat until 5.1.2013, with the following deviations:

1. Sometimes we went surfing before the breakfast, from 7:30 to 9:30 and had the breakfast after 11:00. That’s massive deviation, isn’t it?

2. On 28.1.2012, Jirka joint us. Originally, me and Jirka were supposed to go back to India on 1.1.2013, but as soon as he arrived and saw this place, he decided to stay here and I had no objections whatsoever, so we postponed our flights, Jirka will go home straight from here and I will go back to India on 9.1.2013, the same day as Samo and Janka leave. Apart from this change of „plans“ (which just prolonged the status quo) Jirka’s arrival had very little impact on schedule of our days – he also started to wake up before 6:30 and joint the surfing squad (he took some surfing lessons and surfed every day)

3. On 30.12.2012 we went to nearby UNESCO listed, old Dutch colonial town Galle.

4. I got ear inflammation, which put me out of water and in to the antibiotics for 3 days. It hurt like hell, but luckily my 2 000 kgs of medicine contained antibiotics, so Dr. Marcel prescribed himself Sumamed, and the situation go much much better in 2 days.

5. On 31.1.2013 – New Year‘s Eve - we didn’t go to sleep at 22:00, but at 00:20 :-) (except Samo, who went to sleep at 21:20 and was surfing at 6:00 next morning). This was the most serene and the shortest New Year’s Eve since I was 5 years old.

6. I „took advantage“ of my ear inflammation, and while I was out of order for the surfing, I used the time to work. At the beach, under coconut trees, while listening to never pausing sound of waves, I was preparing a PowerPoint presentation about introduction to functioning of a bank. Hmmm, strange combinations are mixed here in Sri Lanka. All those who just heard themselves saying „What the fuck?“ because they thought that I had come here for permanent vacation or to become monk, well I’m not here to become monk. If it was so, I would have stayed in the ashram and followed some guru for at least 14 years and then I could become sadhu/swami/monk. And I’m not here on permanent vacation either. I’m here to find out if and how it’s possible to live real life (with all its responsibilities, like earning one’s bread) in other way than spending 5 days a week in the office and then „living“ my life over the weekend. I met here a girl from France who works in Nepal and she told me that her friend has an organic farm in Nepal and is looking for volunteers, so my next job, after doing this presentation, might be making cheese and sausages in Nepal...

7. Samo downloaded Digger, the legendary 1983 PC game, which had tragic consequences on my working discipline.

These were probably the most relaxing days in my entire life. I’m so relaxed, that I was too lazy even to write the blog. If you think, that the work disrupted me from my state of relaxation, you are very wrong. I’ve become comfortably numb.

To make peace with my stomach revolting against continued inflow of lentils and spices I gave myself a Christmas present – meat. Since 24.12.2012 I switched back to easting non-spiced meat, which fixed my stomach in 2 days and caused great relieve from housing 10 liters of HCl acid in my stomach. I hope I will to back to being vegetarian after returning to India, where food is much more variable (and tasty) than here in Sri Lanka.

This place here looks like the place which I’m looking for. Peace emanates from every direction, fills the ether and all the souls. But 8 years ago, 35 000 died in this region, when mighty Poseidon showed his malevolent face and urged Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004 onto the shores of this sleepy place. Those, who survived, rebuilt their houses, roads and villages and so now this place again lacks little of attributes of the paradise.

I’m spending here days with 3 great friends. Piece of Slovakia was beamed here – how strange (and nice). From 9.1.2013 the solitude shall begin…

As the result of chaos with mine and Jirka’s plan to go to India, once again it was proven that no planning is the best planning, and so instead of going back to northern India – as I previously assumed, I decided to go to the southernmost tip of India – Tamil Nadu and Kerala and spend some time there, before heading up north again.

I wish you Happy New Year 2013. Myself, I have no clue what it will bring but I’m really looking forward to it.

Hari Om.

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