Trip Start Sep 03, 2004
44Trip End Dec 22, 2004
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We spent four hours on a very comfortable and air-conditioned bus from the lovely Singapore to Malacca this morning and have had a wonderful time since we got here. The city is so cultually diverse and has everything you can imagine from South East Asia squished into a small city. It's a pretty, historical city south of Kuala Lumpur and the people are really, really lovely.
From the moment we left the borders of Singapore, though, it really started to feel adventurous. I find myself turning into a wee girl and clinging onto Andy (even more) and wanting him to figure it all out, it's strange! The whole experience is really alien to us. Australia and New Zealand, even Singapore - we had English to get by on and everything was so westernised that, not that we didn't love every minute of being there, that they all weren't exciting or amazing in their own right, but they were somewhat familiar
The adventure begins...
It was quite a struggle finding where the main accomodations where when we got off the bus. A lot of people approached us upon our arrival trying to sell us accomodation and how to get there, but the actual act of getting there was a lot more difficult. After a few near misses with speeding cars and motorbikes, pavements are an alien concept in most of Malacca, we eventually found out our way to where we needed to go. We looked at the rooms in 2 hostels, and eventually plumped for a double room in the Traveller's Inn. Although it wasn't en-suite, it was only 22 Ringgit per night, just over 3 quid! it was clean and also had a balcony. After checking in, we went off on a walk round Malacca, and what a really nice place it is. So much history in such a small place in comparison. There are ruins of an old fort and cathedral which were built by the Portuguese, or rather the Indian labourers they brought with them from their colony in Goa
We then headed for the Indian area, populated by the descendants of the Indian labourers brought to Malaysia by the Portuguese, and later by the British . After seeing the full size replica of a Portuguese galleon which sank in the Malacca straits, which was very impressive, we decided on an Indian curry for dinner. It was lovely but let's say that Indian food for Indians is very different from Indian food for Paddies and Brits :-)
After joyfully assaulting our digestive systems, we took a walk through the Indian area and into Chinatown. Along the way we encountered a street with a Hindu temple, a Buddhist temple and a mosque practically alongside eachother, with a Catholic church very nearby for good measure, what a mix. When the Arabic wailing died down from the mosque's minaret, you could hear the chanting from the Buddhist temple, amazing. The street was very aptly named Harmony Street.
Malacca, and Malaysia in general, is just as equally ethnically diverse
The next day we headed off on another walk around the town, it really is lovely this place, and apart from sitting on the internet for the past 4 hours :-/ that's all we've done today.
Next stop, Kuala Lumpur on the bus tomorrow.
The adventure keeps on going........