In spite of Bangkok being a backpacker's paradise, we were only there for a couple days. One day really. We just didn't have time to fit much in. It is a big city though so we didn't miss a whole lot.
Mr. G in High School had us watch "The Bridge on the River Kwai" and I really was fascinated with the movie. I even made a model bridge out of popsicle sticks. Well I've finally gone and seen the bridge and all it represents. Turns out that the movie isn't very accurate to what happened with the bridge but does portray the suffering of the soldiers.
We decided to take a train from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok which just happened to have an eight hour layover in Butterworth on the way there. Butterworth is a short ferry ride away from Penang island so we decided to make a quick trip there.
This is my fourth and final time in Kuala Lumpur for this trip. I've been staying at a tiny little but very nice guesthouse named the Red Palm that I would highly recommend if you are in Kuala Lumpur.
The good news is that all of our visas are finished here in KL. We now have China, Kyrgyz, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Russia in our passports. The only one left is Tajikistan and we need to go to Uzbekistan for that one since there isn't a consolate around here anywhere.
Stephen and I have spent the last few days on Perhentian Kecil Island after an overnight bus trip from Kuala Lumpur. We decided to go after dropping our passports of at the Kazakhstan Embassy and being told that we would have to wait till friday to pick them up. We decided instead of hanging around KL for a whole week, we might as well head to the beach. Everyone said Perhentian Kecil was the best so we headed there.
Since I only spent one day in each city and didn't do anything photo worthy, this will be a short post without pictures.
I went to Jakarta from Bandung on Thursday morning, catching a ride with a friend who was going down for a meeting. I met up with some other friends who now live in Jakarta and we went to the mall together. Two highlights of the trip are that we ate Krispy Kreme doughnuts for the first time and saw Snakes on a Plane.
As most of you know, I lived in Bandung for three years only a little more than a year ago so my time here is kind of like a reunion/final farewell. I've spent most of my time at the school where I taught and many of my friends are still here although it is interesting to see how many are now married or seriously dating someone.