In Search of Beer
Sorry for the radio silence these past few weeks, we have been busy with a mixture of lazing around on a beach and wandering around rubber plantations........working!
I have successfully pimped Jac out once again, to build some websites / take product photographs and produce social media posts. Whilst I for the most part have eaten biscuits and poked my nose into manufacturing of rubber toys .... please note that these are children's rubber toys and not the Adult variety, though there is a rabbit ...
Currently we are decamped in the jungle on the side of a mountain, we are staying not in a tent but in an open sided enclosure. It is like a posh barn with raised platforms and full length glass windows to the front. It is very much open to the elements, and as such we are sharing our living space with a variety of jungle beasties. This is alarming for Jac but highly amusing for me.
Creatures that share our home are, thousands of little red ants that spend the day feasting on biscuit crumbs we drop. A large lizard that lives on the side of one of the rattan chairs. When we disturb him he shoots of the chair and runs halfway across the floor, stops with one leg in the air, like a frozen statue and then continues scurrying across the floor where he hides himself under the table.
There are a wide array of flying bugs that attempt to get in your ears, up your nose or in your mouth when you least expect it. We also have the mosquitoes and if you spray your entire body in deet then you can relax in the knowledge that you are unlikely to get malaria or Dengue fever, but you may just be poisoning yourself in the process, but without the itch.
We spend our days looking out across the many trees, watching the brightly coloured birds flit about and listening to the call of the monkeys.
Occasionally we venture out into the jungle but not for long as things move in the bushes and make us both skittish.
At night the glass panels become home to lots of little Gekos who stick themselves to the outside trying to catch moths, their little white bellys and feet sliding over the glass
We have a little man who lives at the bottom of the hill, who's job it is to make sure we are fed and not eaten by anything, he scoots up and down the steep jungle path in a red Tuc Tuc and we can hear him wheel spinning his way up. Unfortunately he speaks no English and we speak no Srilankan so when we ran out of beer the other day it was touch and go how we would resupply. I don't think women had ever entered the wine shop before we rocked up in a Tuk tuk.
Sometimes our man appears randomly and stands and stares at us, maybe he thinks we have become fluent overnight, this is quite disconcerting and a challenge as we both try and work out what he wants. We communicate mainly in mime with a lot of thumbs up signs and waving, we tried drawing for a while but that didn't work out to well.
Things I have learnt:
If you can mime then you can just about get away without language, however when this comes to wanting more beer be very careful at what tools you use
For example beer in Srilanka is called lion beer, it is therefore much clearer to point at an empty bottle then it is to pretend to be a thirsty lion, as this is likely to cause much confusion and an old man to become very alarmed that you have seen a lion !
When you are the only westerner ever to stay in the jungle retreat, you will be shown off around the village and introduce to many many family members , who will all come out to the tuc tuc to stare at you , this is very sweet to start with but after several stops you do begin to develop an understanding of how animals in a zoo must feel.
Goggle translate is brilliant when there is a signal and someone can read , unfortunately it will be a one sided conversation as you do not have SriLankan characters on your key pad for them to reply with, as frustrating as this maybe Never Never Ever, alter your keypad to show singalise text as you could spend many many hours trying to work out how to put it back again !!