Well, it’s been awhile, hasn’t it? Due to circumstances beyond our control, we’ve been stuck at home mostly. For one thing, it has been raining non-stop here in Kandy. Although, if you look at the weather reports, it’s been raining non-stop all over Sri Lanka. And by rain, I mean something that starts as a few drops then proceeds to change to buckets of water pouring down upon you, in just a couple of minutes. This is not something you want to be stuck out in. We know by experience.
I also have been a bit under the weather and needed to see a doctor. Nothing serious, thankfully, but it always worries you when you need to see a doctor in another country. There wasn’t anything to worry about though. We are lucky to live just two short streets away from Kandy Private Hospital and I was able to see the very kind Dr. Ranasinghe, have lab tests and get antibiotics all in the space of one hour for a total of $45 CDN. Not bad at all.
I saw the doctor again this morning and he even gave me all my reports in a file, with a photo of the hospital on it. Of course, I was supposed to bring a receipt back and didn’t realize it so I had to go and get my lab results without the receipt. I wanted to assure the nurse that I was most likely the only “Michelle Quinn – 41 years of age” in the whole bundle of envelopes but I just kept apologizing (when in doubt, that’s what Canadians do) and she eventually decided to give me my results. Luckily, there is always a helpful student nurse that walks around with the dimwitted foreigners and she was my advocate and guide. I’m on my way to feeling much better and am very thankful for such excellent care.
Therefore, many of our plans in Kandy have gone unfulfilled. But you have to roll with it. Luckily this apartment has lots of books (the kids have been reading Enid Blyton) and DVDs (lots of Disney movies and Sister Act, Mama Mia etc.) and we’ve been doing lots of multiplication, spelling and novel studies. The whole family finished reading the novel “The Twenty One Balloons” together, and we've started reading “Momo”. Two books I loved when I was a kid.
We leave Kandy in a few days and hope it will stop raining for part of that time so we can blog about something before we go to Ella. Until then, I'll leave you with photos from one of our delicious meals at the Empire Cafe. And do check out Eskedar's Blog post on the Sri Maha Bodhi Viharaya Temple (click the blue button on the side of the blog - her password is dexter for when you have to Log In).
As always, thanks for reading, Michelle