We ditched today… 12 of us volunteers saw no reason to sit around the volunteer house, and endure through a Sri Lankan cooking lesson. So we asked the head coordinator if we could go to an elephant park and temples. The coordinator, to our surprise, was ecstatic that foreigners wanted to go out on their own and see his country without needing a guide. So we left.
We visited a safari park and a hindu temple. The temple was the most beautiful thing I had seen in a while. The colors and the stories merged together in a beautiful array of worship. The safari park on the other hand taught us how to be patient and how to not give up on a deal. For instance the people at the Jeeps were trying to charge us much more than we should have paid, so we bargained the jeeps down from 12,000 to 8,000.
We went to bed that night knowing that we didn’t give up easy.