Trincomalee, Sri Lanka is on the NE coast of the island nation. It has a huge natural harbour and was once considered one of the best ports in the world. The British based themselves here during skirmishes. Unfortunately, the civil war between the Sinhalese and the Tamils and Muslims closed the northern part of this island off for many years and is just now being reopened to tourism. We are the first group of yachts to arrive in years. As such, we are part of a learning curve for the officials here and we get a little annoyed by some of the bureaucratic bullsh*t at times.But we persevere.
Below is the view from the Maritime Museum wraparound veranda on the second story. Makes for great views out towards the ocean, too. This museum was refurbished in 2008. The building below is next door and hasn't been redone. It looks like it would be a great project for someone to tackle, though.
We stopped at a roadside stand that sold buffalo curd. We got these little clay pots of cool curd and poured a bit of coconut treacle on it for sweetner. Curd is really just another work for yogurt and this was delicious. So creamy and smooth. Buffalo curd has a higher fat content than cow's milk curd.
The earthen/clay pots in the foreground are bigger pots of curd with paper covering the tops and tied two together with twine. Our driver bought a tub of it on the way out to the park, but we had him stop for us to buy some on the way back and I got a big tub for 250 rupees, a little less than $2 for the freshly made yogurt. You get the tub for free but they are really heavy and I sent mine away with the trash a few days later. I did buy a bottle of the coconut treacle, too. If we run out of pancake syrup, this will do the trick.