Moving to a land down underrr, uh huh.

Posted: June 17, 2010 in Uncategorized

It’s a little scary, when it comes right down to it. I’ve always been all, I can’t wait to move out! Do my own thang. And all that shizzle.

But now it might actually happen in about a year. Architecture, what I’m studying, is seven long years of hell in Sri Lanka normally. So there’s this special program in Ozzie that takes in people who’ve done reasonably well in their first 2 years, and gives them a degree in another 2 years = 4 years in total.

Nothing’s confirmed yet but it should be by the end of the week.. is it very hard? Leaving Sri Lanka? I know there’s lots of bloggers on Kottu out there who have, so is it?

I went to Dubai once upon a time and I hated Sri Lanka when I got back, for a whole week, because developed countries are flawless in comparison. Then I went to a rural part of Kandy and I found monkeys in the backyard of my aunt’s house – WOOT – a touch of spontaneous imperfection that prolly wouldn’t be granted by a country that’s figured it all out.

Things I’ll miss:

1. The MONKEYS. And elephants.
2. The smallness of the place – I never need a map, just a tuk-tuk and helpful pedestrians.
3. The tuk-tuks.. like a chariot to a gladiatah! Except, you know, minus the shiny armor.. and gore inducing battle and stuff.
4. My goday friends. ❀
5. Spicy food! What the hell is food in australia like? Please don’t say burgers.
6. The quirky flaws – cows chilling out on the green patch at a roundabout, almost vertical roads in uphill kandy, bumpy ones that literally kick you off your seat, finding a monkey eating fruit in a tree while strolling down a busy kurunagala road.
7. Different cultures, different languages.
8. Caesar.
9. Chaos like Pettah.

It’s just for a coupla years. So I’ll be back before I know it!
I’ve never lived in another country so I have this cartoony image of me sitting in a class full of suddhas in jeans and Ts and me in my muslim clothes and checkered purple sneakers and funny accent, a bigger freak than I am in Colombo. πŸ˜›

All I know about the place right now is that there will be epic amusement parks, snow and kangaroos, which is enough incentive for me.
Also, this trippy song, o yeah. Do ya come from da land down undaah, where the beer does flow and the men chundah!

But what is a chunder and why do they sound jamaican. 😐

  1. Gehan says:

    good for you! one of my friends is working as an architect in melbourne and is doing very well there. apparently there is a dearth of architects there, if im not mistaken.

    two years is nothing, and it’ll go by before you know it. whats more, you’ll be here for another two years so i doubt it will seem too bad.

    as for sticking out, i’ve heard the sri lankan community is pretty huge there, so once they absorb you in you’ll only be as big a freak there as you were while in colombo.. lol πŸ™‚

  2. Chavie says:

    If I remember correctly, you said something about moving to Dubai sometime back and never carried the threat out, did you? πŸ˜‰

    We’ll figure out a way to clone you before you leave! πŸ˜€

    • makuluwo says:

      Yall will cry! I can’t wait for the farewell party with all the gay lau going around.
      and Dubai was wishful thinking, Ozzie’s educational necessitah!

      • Chavie says:

        We might, we might. We’ll finally be throwing you a partaaay! I’ll make sure it’s the gayest ever! πŸ˜€ (be scared, be very scared!)

  3. Me-shak says:

    It’s all ways a good thing,new experiences and you’ll be on your own ne?


  4. T says:

    The first time away is always awesome. It’s as you get older that you start missing home. But some people go and never wanna come back. It’s a case by case scenario. And yeah, the sri lankan community is huge over there so I think you’re set on the food front. Helps if you have a relative you can bum off of πŸ™‚

  5. whacko says:

    hey yeah i’ve heard the sri lankan community is so large there many schools even have old boy unions! Plenty of boat hopping godayas as well i guess lol. Plus if u’re in college u’ll make friends in no time. Have any relatives living there?

  6. PseudoRandom says:

    Depending on which part of Australia you go to, you’ll find different types of Sri Lankans. It does help to have people who understand where you’re from…but it’s also nice to meet people who have no idea about your background…they’re less likely to consider you a ‘freak’.

    There’ll be asian food stores in the big cities so as long as you can cook, you’re sorted (if you can’t, you have two years to learn πŸ˜‰ ).

    Also, if you’re in a big city, you’re likely to meet people from a variety of backgrounds, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you start hurling Cantonese slang at us before long :P. The only advice I can give is keep an open mind – everything else will be a breeze πŸ™‚

    • Just to add to PR:
      There are many Muslim girls from the Middle East also from countries like Jordan, Palestine, Syria etc who are much more conservative in their Islamic roots. You’ll be fine, nothing to worry. You might also discover that the food courts get rid of their lunch-packs by 4’ish or so, and you could eat shushi and stuff for quarter of the regular price!
      Go with an open mind and you will love it.

  7. St. Fallen says:

    my older brother’s in Adelaide, took him less than 2 months to develop an accent. can’t blame him though, that’s like hillbilly country there. don’t really get much of a sl community there. besides there though, Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth seem fine.

    try to go to Gold Coast πŸ˜€
    Surfer’s Paradise!

  8. Dee says:

    “minus the shiny armor.. and gore inducing battle and stuff?” methinks you think again young ‘un.

    aww going to miss u. pls keep blogging πŸ™‚

  9. Jack Point says:

    Good luck, you’ll have fun, keep writing.

  10. Sigma Delta says:

    I second Chavie, except lets send the clone and keep M1!

    On the bright side, you will now qualify for that title ‘Rate giye atthek’!!

  11. Sach says:

    Don’t worry. I heard there are so many Paradise Islanders in Aussies land that they started teaching Sri Lankan history in their schools and Sarongs and Sarees are the new thing. Plus they’ve started importing monkeys as well. Cheer up!

  12. gutterflower says:

    Good luck yo! Hope it all goes good and keep writing.

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