Sunday, February 28, 2021

$30 in a restaurant...

 

The dodgy pier at the abandoned resort at Dholhiyadhoo

Sometimes we play a game at dinner where we say how much we think our entree would cost if we bought it in a restaurant in the States (have I mentioned that we don't have a TV?). Yesterday, Matt made a lobster risotto and we threw out some numbers, then settled on 'Market Price' because of the lobster. It was good but could have benefited from some white wine.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Death of a Sailboat (don't worry--not ours)


Sachiyo looking like she's seen better days.
But this was the best we ever saw her.

This is a post we wrote awhile back but never published. We're still enjoying the Maldives. Yesterday Matt and the boys swam with dolphins (well, 'with' might be overstating things since the dolphins were just going about their business, but they didn't swim away).
 
We spent over four months with a view of this steel sailboat from our spot on the opposite wall in Galle Harbor. Apparently, she sailed from India to Sri Lanka years ago (the stories range from 5 to 10 years). 

She didn't have an inboard engine, but tried to leave Sri Lanka with a small outboard.  After the engine died and the boat was damaged in a storm, it was towed back to the port and tied up. The owner went away and the years went by.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Galle, Sri Lanka to Uligan, Maldives

Look! A sail!

We made it to the Maldives, a year behind schedule. As we were checking out of Sri Lanka, our agent gave us our port clearance document and said, 'You're going to the Maldives so it's very important that you have this because they're all Muslim there.' We're still scratching our heads over that one (for the record, just about every place you go wants a clearance document from your last port).

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Countdown and hoarding

 

You never know when you'll see a random cow

We're about a week or so away from leaving Galle, after over ten months here. We have been fortunate to have a relatively safe place to weather a lot of the pandemic, but are definitely ready to move on.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Dogs of the Port

 

'Red Dog' is one of our favorites

Dogs here in Sri Lanka seem to have it better than in many of the non-First World countries we visited. Maybe it's the predominantly Buddhist culture, but people don't seem to mistreat them as readily.

Sunday, December 6, 2020

This is what passes for excitement these days...

 

Galle Port gets a lot of cement and cargo ships of various sizes, but we were surprised to see this ferry pull up a couple weeks ago. It is brand-new and was on its way from its birthplace in Vietnam to its final home in Trinidad and Tobago.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Boring, nerdy sail stuff: How to convert SAS Planet cache files

The Red Mosque of Colombo.  If you are not sailing nerd, this is the last interesting thing you will see in this post.  Run away now.

Your friendly cruise director, Jen, has taken the day off. Unfortunately for you, you're left with Matt to fill the blog void.  And this week, instead of a relentless recap of our boring lives (especially here and now, stuck in Galle), 99.9% of you are going to get treated to something you've probably never wanted: A tutorial on how to convert cache files in SAS Planet. If you've never heard of SAS Planet before, this is probably your cue to shake your head, close the browser, and try your luck again in a week or two. If however, for the remaining 2 or 3 of you, you DO know about SAS Planet, then stick around.

UPDATED Dec 1, 2020- Check the bottom for another option in addition to what's detailed below.