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Travel Blogs from Pulau Penang
... eaten Indian food for every meal but one since we arrived. The first night we met up with our friends and went for a few drinks but in bars here the alcohol is very very expensive so we decided to just get drinks from the shop and just walk around seeing what's what. It was the set up for Chinese New Year too so was busy and exciting. After a wander and some food we sat outside on the pavement at the hostels and after a while were surrounded by some tramps. When ...
... road, into the national park where I thought I'd find the turtle hatchery on the beach. I started the steep scramble through tree roots and very humid rainforest to the top of the hill. Expecting a nice easy day of fruit picking I was dressed in the very unpractical shorts and flip flops-oops, I did however bring bug spray. After an hour or so I bumped into the guy I met yesterday who told me that the 'hatchery' was about 10 baby turtles in a pen. Deciding that I see this ...
... on, perhaps. The food part of the supermarket-in the basement, where food belongs in Asian malls-had chocolate, even dairy milk, so I polished off a whole bar of some local fruit and nut. Too hot to leave it in the bag, you see. Yesterday's long run will have to do as mitigation, given that my ankle feels a bit spoilt by that run. Oops. A bit of rest will probably do me no harm, though it'll be a pity not to run to and through the botanical gardens. At 6km or so away, they're ...
... sort of took the spiritual edge off! We got a small lift tight to the top and saw the massive statue of Buddha, covered in scaffolding. We later learnt that it is taller than a Muslim statue, and as Islam is the main religion, the Buddist statue is not allowed to be taller, so they have left the scaffolding on, so it remains 'incomplete', and therefore, not taller!
All in all, Penang was a great first taste of Malaysia.
... hungry' ghost name comes from. But also lots of paper money (hell money), paper houses and so forth - all of which are burnt so that the ghosts may have them in the afterlife. There also lots of free concerts, discos and operas put on throughout the period - so it's really a time for the whole community to get together, remember and celebrate. I'm fascinated by this all and am really chuffed to be here while this is going on.
Shirin and I head out fairly early and go ...
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