Bye, bye Venetia!
Trip Start Aug 14, 2009
22Trip End Nov 13, 2009
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We sadly left the Longhouse on Wednesday 26th as Venetia had booked her flight back to KL on the Thursday
Cait, Erin and I decided that we didn't want to spend another night in Kuching after Wednesday so we set about finding out how to get away from there on Thursday morning. It involved getting up reasonably early and catching the Express Boat to Sibu - it travels across the Simunjan (a bay of the South China Sea) from Kuching to the mouth of the Bajang(river) Rejang and then up that river to Sibu - approximately 4 and 1/2 hours (it took us 5).
Up at 7am - wake up Erin (to pack and get ready) and Venetia (so she could say goodbye) and get the hotel staff to call us a taxi to the boat terminal. It all went pretty smoothly. We were tired but excited, Venetia gave Erin and I some travel calm tablets as we were going across the sea and my last experience with a boat and the sea had not been so pleasant. Once we left that was it. Venetia could only be contacted via email and facebook as her mobile had been stolen with her camera, and we were not necessarily going to be near to internet for a little while
Erin was pretty stuffed after her near freezing episode, which I think contributed to her throwing up her lunch in the streets of Sibu on the way to the hotel. It was just the one time though, nothing permanent, and she recovered in our room that afternoon with a sleep. Dinner that night was found at the night market. We had Bao and rice and chicken. Cait continued to have difficulty getting people to understand the concept of 'vegetarian' with frequent offers of fish, seafood and chicken to go with her vegetables. She settled on a freshly made Rojak - this tasted delicious but she later found out that the chilli sauce is usually made with Belacan (fermented shrimp paste) but by that time she had thouroughly enjoyed it. Sweet sleep was had at the hotel, we were heading off again the next day to Kapit to find an Iban Longhouse to visit.