I was left exposed and felt a mixture of vulnerability given this was my first massage experience, excitement, and eager anticipation.
He started chatting to me which I hated – either you do a relaxing massage or we can have a chat in the bar. I said no and he replied are you looking for a girlfriend or boyfriend?
I then berated myself for saying something so meaningless!
I was on a 14 day trip to Sri Lanka in 2010 – 7 days on the beach and 7 days touring the cultural triangle.
We arrived at a hotel in Habanara about 5pm to visit the sites the next day; it was a nice modern hotel but as it was out of season, and earily very quiet.
Matter of factly he asked was the massage any good. We left the next morning, and the staff lined up to bid us farewell.
I hardly acknowledged the barman/masseur but am sure I saw a swelling in his trousers, and vowed to return another year.
I was already in heaven and thought to myself, I’m not going to see the guy again so go with the flow and just enjoy it.