Good things and sad things

7 Aug

We still keep in touch with a lot of the people we met during our travels and had some happy news recently as we heard that Pathum, one of our friends we met in Sri Lanka, got married. We met him and his lovely family near Hikkaduwa (in this post) and again when we returned before we left Sri Lanka (here) and we are really pleased for him and his wife.


Sadly, he also let us know that his Dad, Silva, passed away before the wedding in a road accident. The danger of the roads in Sri Lanka were made light of by us for the purposes of the blog, but bus journeys and even crossing the road were genuinely scary and we are sad for him and his family that such a nice man has died in such a way. He was one of our favourite of the many characters we met along the way in Sri Lanka and we are very sorry we won’t be able to keep our promise to see him again when we return.

Also heartbreaking was the news from Cambodia the other day that our amazing puppy, Namnam, whom we rescued from the jungle (here), nursed back to health, took on a beach holiday and to restaurants and on buses halfway across Cambodia before finding a suitable expat adoptive family for him to live with in Sihanoukville, has gone missing from his home. Having seen the evidence for ourselves in various markets across SE Asia, the inescapable conclusion is that there is a high chance that he will have ended up on the table. Cambodians were urged by their government several years ago to eat more dog as a way to access cheaper meat and also to reduce the stray population, and sadly a well-loved and fed dog is often more appealing than something mangey and starved on the streets. Apparently this happens quite a lot. Having come from such a bad start, I hope the year he had with his new owners and the ridiculous amount of love and affection we showered on him whilst he was ours made up for the potentially unbearably grim ending to his story.


3 Responses to “Good things and sad things”

  1. thomas peck 7 August 2013 at 10:09 am #

    I always thought those stories about dogs etc ending up on the dinner table were just exaggerated cliches! What a shame for Namnam… Good he got some good times with you guys!

    • To australia the long way 7 August 2013 at 10:14 am #

      No very very sadly we saw roast dogs for sale in a couple of markets first-hand (and there was no mistaking it was dog) and also signs for ‘special meat’ in quite a few places. I wish we hadn’t seen it so we could make ourselves believe he ran away to Hollywood to make his fortune and become a big star but unfortunately that is the truth of a poor nation with very different attitude to animals to ours. Poor little thing.

  2. lisa 2 October 2014 at 7:49 pm #

    A beautiful post…this brought tears to my eyes.

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