Getting some well earned rest

Trip Start Oct 12, 2011
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Trip End Aug 07, 2012


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Where I stayed
Green Hill Beach Resort
What I did
the suspension bridge
Yvonne and Mike
lots of sun bathing

Flag of Malaysia  , Kedah,
Saturday, February 18, 2012

Yes this is one of the most amazingly tranquil parts of our trip so far. Havnt felt like staying somewhere so much since I stoped in Penrith most of my life, no joking aside we landed in Langkawi and felt imediatly better off than in its neighbouring Thailand, just the atmosphere and the vibe of the place maybe the people the culture less tourists its one of those things you just cant describe but it works so well  and gets under your skin, I think its probably the people and the same can be said for Nepal another place we have to go back to.  So the plan.. we arrive here on the 14th we arrive NZ Christchurch 25th thats 5 countries in just over 10days so heres how it began...

Langkawi its only 1hour speed boat from Ko Lipe Thailand, having just done boarder control at ko lipe on the beach!! Il never do that in a while nor will I see sand so soft and white like unmixable icing sugar, that was cool, we boarderd the overfilled speed boat. You get used to it, as the water was relitively calm in parts and we were at the back it didnt lift off the water too much!! we also or I also saw my first ever wild sea Dolphin Jumping out of the water following at some speed our boat, this was something again only memory will capture but Ive got it there all the same, it was just so amazing. We  are so well adapted to adapt the planet to our needs, the dolphin on the other hand was at one in the water just designed to the max for water...

Another astounding thing we saw twice while on Lankawi was a man who had cycled from germany to destination oh Singapore via just about everywhere, on second encounter at the starbucks in the ferry terminal Gen got talking to him and we all shook his hand with his pure legendery status, leaving us awestruck at his accomplishment 1 year in the making (no doubt he was rocking a rholof hub mega mile service intervals)  He was no younger than 57 im sure he wouldnt mind me saying, but super fit, just a hugh pair of legs touring the world a true inspiration.

During our stay we did the obvious washed all the cloths we owned rebuilt and repacked our lives into the rucksac I now no longer like the look of. Besides all these formalities we did however live about  10m from the main quiet beach and a further 10m from the bar Oasis where we watched sunset and  ate drank most of the time. Till we discovered Tomato up the road a plastic chair place that literrally gave food away it was that cheap and mega delicious pancakes and cold horlicks drinks mmmmm!!. So sights we saw include the bridge suspended by a single point spanning a 100m gorge in the mountains above Lankawi you have to take a two station cable car and a short walk to get there. Later we found the short walk had left us needing an afternoon nap. The bridge in itself is just a feat of engineering super stoked to walk over as it wobbled over the revene!!

So as it happens we Ginesi Mathers Have family in Langkawi, Yvonne and Mike, Yvonne being Mums Cousin, so on the 17th our last evening on the lovely Langkawi we made to meet up for a bit of food and drink for sunset. We met at red tomato we were looking out for tall blond people not knowing who exactly we were going to be meeting! they on the otherhand were looking for darker shorter people with my hair only bleacing itself slowly in the sun. So this is our first Family encounter on our journey, one to be remembered and it was nice. We even took a short drive to non less than Oasis bar this is the first time we had been in a privately owned vehicle in over 4 months simple pleasures but it was a homely feeling to be in the company of family... We ate large set meal currys nann breads chapatis beers while watching sunset, and talking through careers travels, family plans, no there arnt any yet, be enough young uns to visit once we get back id expect!!!

After hearing how much Mike and Yvonne  have done, wether with work, past diving stories with devilishly handsome men and lovely women what a laugh, where there family are jobs they do like charter boats all over indonesia, parts of the world they have been and seen and experienced in a different light than we have today Langkawi changing over time.. it was really nice to here their views from someone who visited Langkawi some 20yrs ago and now lives there today. How places change get moved on by one reason or another. Its how you remember the places youve been thats important if your impact is minimal and you enjoyed your time then thats the aim of experience. Mike and Yvonne had so much to talk about and so much more to show us on the island, island and beach BBQ from there traditional local sailing boat its yellow and sounds fantastic. There will be nothing stopping us from making our way to Malasia again to enjoy there company once more, really awesome to touch base with new family and here stories from different lives in a different part of the world.
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