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.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Galle (Sri Lanka) - Still Paused

 

Peace Pagoda

During most of the eight years we have lived on Perry, we have been at anchor rather than at a dock. It's also been somewhat rare that we have stayed in the same spot for more than a few weeks.  And on the occasions that we haven't been moving around, we are usually hauled out and working hard to get some necessary work finished or we are on a road trip.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Yala National Park - Look what we (caution: bad pun ahead) spotted!

 

Yala National Park borders the Indian Ocean

We took our first road trip in Sri Lanka, even if it was only for two days. What's been stopping us? First, we needed to be allowed out of the port. Check. Second, we had to figure out how to leave the boat safely.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Freedom!

 

The lighthouse at
Galle Fort


After four and a half months of being confined to the Port in Galle, we have been granted shore passes. Although we still don't have visas, we can now leave the port on our own. This means we can finally go shopping on our own and actually see some of Sri Lanka.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Waffles, anyone?


When the swell is up, the waves splash
over the rocks and onto this twenty-plus foot hill

'Waffles', because we can't seem to make up our minds about what to do next--stay in Sri Lanka or go to the Seychelles. Of course, waffles are a bit of a sore subject on our boat since I nixed the waffle-maker when we moved aboard and Matt still hasn't quite gotten over it.