Roach Coach to Malacca

Trip Start Jan 06, 2010
Trip End Apr 20, 2013

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Flag of Malaysia  , Pinang,
Friday, February 8, 2013

It's after midnight and as I sit in the front seat to the left of our driver I notice him watch a movie on a small screen by the steering wheel while he eats crackers and occasionally answers his cell phone and I can't help but fear when the next roach will pop out of the cushions we have our feet set upon and attack. We ended up making it to Malacca after a grueling 6 hours and for a while there we wondered "What the hell!?" Like those kids in Georgetown. I thought to myself, "Why are we on this trip again?? I forget. Oh yeah, because if we don't go now we may never go since the older you get the more comfortable you want to be." Then I looked to my right and saw a couple of 60 year old French brothers on the bus with us and thought, "Well they can do it, who says I won't want to when I'm older?!" I realized that this too shall pass and the cultural experiences, bonding I do with my husband and sights we get to see are all worth the occasional roach infested death cab, no matter what my age.  -Sarah
There are many different kinds of buses. There are the nice ones that have a bathroom adjustable air conditioning and clean seats. Sometimes the really nice buses have food. There are the bad buses that have the opposite. This bus fell in between while still being the worst. It was an ice box and we were the spoiling meat being transported. Bloggers weren't kidding about the air conditioning being really cold in these buses. There was fog coming from my breath! There was fog coming from the cockroaches' breath too. I think they were crawling on us in order to get warm. To be honest I hardly cared. What else could I say except that I wish I was able to sleep in hopes that Freddy Krueger would haunt me and actually make this experience better. We've been on a thirty hour bus ride before, but this nine hour ride goes to the top of the list as the worst bus ride. -Chris
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