From the moment you arrive at Galle and officials boarding the vessel demanding spirit, cigarettes, T shirts and every thing else ,you start to dislike the country, which is unfortunate because these greedy apes do not represent the majority of the population , which are very friendly and very conscientious of their image.
Officials try to squeeze any thing from foreigners and will stand on the way if you do not come with some sort of gift. They are not shy and will continue to ask to the point that you have to tell them to *#@&*^%$#@$%^ in English. After that they look at you like if you have rabies which is good.
The main gate is secured by navy personnel and security guards in abundance that check your pass (without it nobody goes out or in) and look at you with amusement .
Besides all of that the rest of the population is friendly. Many do believe that the tsunami was work of the Americans and the country misfortunes all go back to post tsunami times. You can help to feel sorry for some of them
Last Sunday I got invited to one of the navy officer’s house for lunch and it was a nice experience to visit a normal family away from the tourist areas of Galle