Jumping Lizards Batman!!

Trip Start Feb 11, 2008
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Trip End Jun 30, 2008


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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Saturday - the hottest day we have had so far on the trip, or so it felt. Therefore, not the best day to walk the three miles from the town centre to the other ruined fort in Malacca (Potruguese this time) called St Johns Fort - they liked their saints! Even with us both crouched underneath our umbrella in order to save us from the most viscious UV rays pounding us from above we were knackered, very hot, very sweaty and (as we found out later) very sun burnt! I would like to say that the walk in the heat was worth it and St Johns Fort was a delightful place to visit, with stark echoes of it's colonial past and a must see on any tourist itinary for visiting Malacca, but I'd be talking crap!

As ruined forts go, it's in pretty good nick, having been reconstructed according to the wood carvings and sketches made of the original in the last 100 years or so; and it is a fair resemblance to the original (as far as I could tell) but it's biggest let down is the huge 20th century dome shaped water tank built right next to it, which resembled a concrete UFO that had crashed into the hill. However, if you sit really quiet under the tiled canopy inside the fort while you stop hyperventilating from the climb up the hill, loosen your sweat ridden clothing and catch your breath, you can enjoy the thrill of having the shite scared out of you by the biggest bloody lizard we'd seen since being in Panang's Botanical Garden sneak up on you and try to run up the wall three feet from where you're innocently relaxing. Bloody wildlife!!

Once we'd returned to the cool air conditioned room back at Twenty, and I'd had a kip, we didn't feel up to much else that day, so we spent the evening exploring the town and sat ourselves in a bar around the corner from the guesthouse, listening to a guy playing the guitar and singing various love songs - at least he would have, but it appeared he only knew half of the songs as he'd play a 30 second introduction, sing the first verse and a chorus, get halfway through the second verse and stop the song in mid flow. Then he'd pluck a few bars of another song, stop that and jump onto the middle of yet another! He started playing Bob Marley's Redmption Song three times when we were there, and not once did he get any futher than the opening riff!
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