Yesterday I arrived in Melacca, the famous trading port for hundreds of years. Melacca was first colonized by Arab traders, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and the English for 100-150 years each! Talk about a lot of colonizing. Today it is turning in to quite a tourist attraction. I walked around this morning and saw a couple of tourist attractions and tons of tourist markets selling those tourist trinkets that people buy and give to people who aren't sure what to do with them.
I've got a couple more pictures from Singapore that I took my last morning there.
I arrived in Singapore yesterday afternoon and immediately met up with my friends. We've been hanging out for the last day. It is good to have people I know to hang out with and go see stuff with. I've been to Singapore before so it isn't much different than last time. People are more organize, get in lines and stuff is more expensive here. That is about it. Oh, and the public transportation is REALLY easy to use.
I decided that maybe the best way to keep all of you up on my travels was to send postcards from the different places I'm going with pictures (when possible). Here is the first, from Kuala Lumpur.
I've been in Kuala Lumpur for about a week and a half now and have been all over the city (mostly walking). KL has some of the phenomenal eateries. All very cheap too! Its a mixture of Chinese, Malay and Indian food which is really spicy and good.
I was hanging out in the hostel the other night after a day walking around Kuala Lumpur when in the door walked an old student of mine! He was one of the first class I taught and graduated the same time I left the school. Pretty cool who you run into around the world. It really is a small world after all. (dang, now I have that stupid song in my head)
I arrived in Kuala Lumpur without a lot of fanfare. I've been trying to find my way around and get to know the city. I found a nice little Hostel to stay in that isn't too expensive and is near lots of fun stuff.
I got extra pages put in my passport today at the US Embassy. I love the US Embassy. Its so nice to walk up, flash my US passport and walk by everyone else in line. I was through security, pages filled and out within 30 minutes. Amazing. Someone I don't think my experiences with the rest of the embassies are going to be as nice.
I'm on my way this morning and will be gone traveling for the next four months or so. I won't have my laptop with me most of the time so my posts are going to become a bit more sparse but I'll try and post whenever I get a chance. I'm headed to Medan this morning and then on to Kuala Lumpur this evening to begin getting visas for all the countries we're headed to.
I had a great time in Sabang this last week. I spent it sleeping in a hammock, snorkeling and scuba diving. The coral in Sabang was largely damaged by the tsunami but has started growing back and is still good in the deeper areas. The fish there are phenomenal. To start with, I saw Dory (Regal Blue Tang) everywhere. I tried to say hi bush she kept acting like she didn't recognize me. I also saw Gill (Moorish Idol) quite often with plenty of Bubbles (Yellow Tang) around as well. I even saw huge schools of Moonfish although they didn't make any funny shapes for me.
I missed it a couple of days ago but July 29th marks my four years here in Indonesia. Its amazing to look back at who I was then and how I have changed since. Funny how I only have a few more days left till I leave permanently. Seems like just yesterday. Sigh...
If you want to read about all that has happened since I arrived, it is all contained in my newsletters that stretch the entire time. Tons of stuff is also included in the last two years of this blog. Interestingly enough, the last month was also the two year anniversay of this blog.