We also adopted a tuk tuk driver, Namal, while there. He basically hung out with us all day, every day. Taking us wherever we wanted to go. He also introduced us to his family and they were adorable. He has a pretty crazy story. His father was a successful fisherman and they all lived in a house right on the beach and he had a boat of his own. He died in the Tsunami and his boat was destroyed. The owners of our villa rebuilt a home for him, but about a mile inland (you can't give prime beach property to a poor person!). Now, he struggles to get by with a job as a tuk tuk driver, but still has a happy life, a wife he loves and 3 beautiful kids. But, it is sad to think he should be living on the beach still. The more and more we found out about the owners of our villa, the dirtier we felt for living there. In the long run, it was huge reason why we left early.
Anyway - here are some daily shots!
Namal's rebuilt house
Namal's tuk tuk
Namal and his girls
Namal's girls and nephew
A school built by foreigners after the Tsunami - it is actually a beautiful school!
Namal hard at work...