Saturday, December 31, 2005

Sri Pada - Adams's Peak

So this audio blog is in the middle of the climb - but I couldn't help but laugh when a man goes running up past me with a toilet on his head.

On another note - I finished the climb about 10hrs from the start and saw one of the most beautiful sunrise I have ever seen...it was worth the hike and a great start to the new year.

Jam

Friday, December 30, 2005

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

I am in Sri Lanka...i know i am

Got two emails today hinting that I might not be in Sri Lanka.
Proof is on the way.

Peace
Jam

BTW>> Their is a kid reading my words over my shoulder. Damn I have
nothing to say....

Monday, December 26, 2005

I love audio blogs!

Today I am sending this message via email because the internet is tooo
slow to load the blog.

Today is the 1st year anniversary of the Tsunami here in Sri Lanka. I
was really excited about being here and going to witness the actual
tsunami beaches and see first hand what work has been going on in the
past year. Especially with my internship at Oxfam last year and all
that tsunami work...

However the NGO that I work with here was really strict about visits
to other locations in the country. They are extremely controlling and
decided it was best for our team not to visit any areas - they even
told the visiting UK team that live in Colombo that they were
forbidden to visit a beach only a couple km's away.
I think something is definitely up! I can't put my finger on it....
probably they don't want us to see first hand how the reconstruction
projects are going in the country...In fact for the whole 4 months I
am here my team might not be able to visit a beach!

This is definitely weird...

Crap I have spent to long on the computer I must goooo....

Thanks for the recent posts and emails about my previous blogs - it's
really quite cool to think people listen to my thoughts...

I can't wait to share a bit more of my strange days with everyone.

Peace from Kegalle
Jam

Friday, December 23, 2005

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Monday, December 19, 2005

day off...

So I took a day loff last Saturday - my first full day off in a couple
weeks... and it was really awesome. I bused off to a place called
Kandy [about 1 1/2 hr away] and the stayed at a small hotel in the
mountains. The place reminded me of Darjeeling in India - tea
plantations, mountains, fog and a good cup of tea.
However the weather was crap and I couldn't see more than 10 ft in
front of me - a bad mixture of fog and rain.
But my plan wasn't to do anything much for the weekend except stay in
my room and read. I didn't touch the internet and or use the phone.

I just needed time to relax and do nothing.

It was fun.

Peace from Kegalle,
Jam

Reading: Funny boy

http://www.interlog.com/~funnyboy/funny.htm

A book written by a Sri Lankan/Torontiannannanana - it's very
detailed, descriptive, dauting and distrubing - how that's for
alliteration

Email blog

You can email, phone and now video your blog in...
Today it's email...

This is an excerpt from my journal last week:

Dec 15th 2005,
Plantation Trust, Kegalle
4pm

Silence. It hurts the mind.

5pm

Mind. Be silent because it hurts.

6pm

Pain. Silence is better left alone.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Suck it up...princess

That's right. I am not going to bitch or complain for the next two weeks to anyone. I will try to be good or good I will try to be.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Hello from Home

I have moved locations every 6 months for the past 3 years - yesterday I found my new home for the next 3-4 months. Its in a small village near Kegalle, Sri Lanka - the fmaily I am living with are quite amazing and I am going to be learning so much about this culture that I can't wait....

Quick funny story: This morning I found that thier was no door to the shower, it's open concept - unlike the 3 person glass shower that I had on Degrassi Street. So I was kinda nervous to have my shower this morning because hey - it's open concept and people could just walk by. But this morning it went up another notch - as one of the family members walked by while I was taking a shower and started to ask me some questions about my laundry. This lead to a full 5 minute conversation. I am not ashamed of my nakedness. I just need to hit the gym.

Peace from Kegalle
Jam

Friday, December 09, 2005

Again from Sri Lanka

So being here in Sri Lanka has been a familiar place - it all feels like India and in some cases even the Carribean. I honestly think I am in India and at some point I think I am going to "bust" out the Hindi to order food and stuff...

The food is different - it's hot and it's a killer. A killer I don't want to eat anymore. I think a three day fast has to be in order. Will work on a buddhist fast soon.

Stuff to the brim in Colombo
Jam

Monday, December 05, 2005

Hong Kong airport

SO I have this new back end for the website and it's making life easy...look Jam is actually where he says he is!!!!!!!!

On another note I love Hong Kong airport - so much to do...right now I am sitting in a VIP lounge with a nice plate of food, comfy chairs and yes the internet. All was well except when I checked my emails and found a HUGE pail of emails and know I have some work to do for work and well a little bit of fun.

Tomorrow Sri Lanka for 3 months.

Excited. Nervous. Crazy.

Speaking of Crazy - I read an evalution report on me a couple days ago in which someone commented " Jam is crazy. He is a bad man"

What else can I say?

Peace from the Kong
Jam

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Vancouver airport

So it's an internet hit and run machine and I hate typing on these things.

Too many people always reading what you are typing.
I like Vancouver airport. It looks nice and simple - I haven't been in here in 4 years but it seems a bit bigger and alot friendly more pleasant - or it could just be that's close to midnite and everyone is tired.

On a different note - it's hard to leave Manitoba I left somethings unsettled and I had sooooo many goodbyes that I missed. Manitoba has to be the heart of Canada it's really friendly.

Off to Hong Kong and I look forward to a hotel and a nice 12hr delay.

Peace from the Sea
Jam