Darwin And Malaysia
Trip Start Apr 17, 2010
5Trip End Apr 30, 2010
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Itinerary has changed a bit from here. We're going to stop at Sharjah tomorrow to refuel, then continue to Istanbul (we'll still have a night in the UAE on the way back), then and eight hour bus trip to Cannakale. Long day's travel tomorrow, but that'll be it for a few days.
Anyway, last night we stopped off at Darwin, and stayed in 'Tin City', part of the barracks on the airforce base there
This morning in Darwin, at 5.30, the fire alarm went off, so not a great night's sleep. We all thought it was a wakeup call, but it turned out one of the guys left the door to his room open too long, and the heat change in the room set it off. So, another nice early start to the day, followed by a five hour flight. On the plus side, when we arrived, we were given our meal allowance (the NZ$240 was just an overseas deployment allowance for emergencies). Anyway, the real meal allowance is US$685!!!!!!
Malaysia, where Grandad served, is real hot. Hoped off the plane, and everyone was sweating in about five minutes. It's an amazing place, covered in forests. Also goes real quickly from slums to residential and rich buildings, often they're pretty mingled together. The hotel they booked us into at the last minute is a five star (same as the one for the return leg), with pools and games rooms, free internet and all sorts. Dinner was at the food market just down from the hotel. All sorts of interesting cusine there. Had crab spring rolls, prawn fritters and chicken kebabs (semi cooked). Interesting to see how many are crook tomorrow. After that, we went down to the night markets. Pretty interesting place, where they all try to sell you "genuine fake Rolexes", as one of them put it, and that king of thing. We're all keen to go back on the return leg and stock up on heaps of genuine fakes.
Leaving tomorrow at about eight I think, and spending the better half of the day travelling. Can't wait to finally get there, hopefully without any more delays.