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A van goes past our house making loudspeaker announcements.

It’s in Sinhalese, so of course I don’t understand a word of it. A few times, I’ve asked Fahim what they’re announcing. It’s anything from people selling lottery tickets to charitable donations to whatever. Some days, we have up to three of them going by. Other days, none at all. Sometimes, it’s three or four days between.

I do more blogging, and I’m nearly caught up. Yippee. It’s time consuming, but it also helps to clarify my thoughts and observations on things here. I find Sri Lanka interesting, I’m amused by some of the differences, and baffled by yet others. It really is a different place than what I’m used to, but it’s also nice in many ways. Some things I shake my head at – like garbage.

Here, at the sides of the roads every now and then I’ll see a pile of garbage. When I asked Fahim about it, he said that one person will dump garbage somewhere, and pretty soon, everyone is dumping garbage there. It ends up becoming an eyesore, naturally, and it also smells. In some places, garbage litters the streets. It’s really unfortunate from my perspective – Sri Lanka would be so much more beautiful than it already is if this didn’t happen.

We had the dreaded liver curry today. Liver curry – 1/4 cup coconut oil,1 tsp curry powder,1/2 tsp chilli powder,1 tsp salt,1 tsp black pepper, 1 clove garlic. I also made vegetable curry: 1 leek, 1 carrot, 2 large Bombay onions (which are about 1 1/2 inches in diameter), 1 eggplant (about five inches long, 1 inch in diameter), 3 green chillies (about four inches long, 1/4" in diameter), 1 capsicum (light green pepper, not hot, about 2" in diameter, about four inches long). All this served with the same old red rice.

What we do here to save on cooking time is cook something at lunch time and serve it for both lunch and dinner. Fahim’s mother did this for years, and it seems to work well for their family.

Fahim eats a lot of rice, so we cook about a cup of raw red rice in 2 cups water. He eats easily four times as much rice as I do.

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