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Wednesday, December 6, 2006

so, mau es brichtli uf aenglisch. es verbesseret sech langsam aber sicher...

So, we heard a lot about troubles to pass the boarder between Singapore and Malaysia. Lonley Planet (=LP) wrote, that tourist were forgoten by the busdrivers at the boarder. The bad point at the story was, that the backpack was still in the bus. We (Jana from Germany and Me) were verry in hurry at the boarder. In our case, it wasn't a problem. The driver counted the passenger before starting the ride to the next town. We had a direct bus to Melaka without any stops on the way. after a few hours, we arrived in the evening at the central busstation in Melaka.
For the hostel, we consulted the LP and we decidet to take a local bus to the part with the most backpackers hostels. they were all a little bit dirty. The whole quarter was realy stinky. We decidet to take a look at the hostels in china town. once arriving there we appriciated, that the prefered hostel was allready full. so we took a room in an other hostel just a few meters behind. finaly that was the better choice.
After a long walk across the city, we eated something in a little restorant near the river. The meal wasn't realy good, but the people in malaysia are verry friendly. It remembered me to the locals in Medewi, where you aren't the cashcow for them.
In the next morning we went to the next little island. We asked the "tourist police" (i never heard about such a police bevore), how to get to the Pulau Besar - a little island with some beaches, only two expensive resorts and golf course. They told us a complicated way to go there by bus. like we were getting up a little bit late, we decidet to take a taxi to the ferry. We where the precristmas-business for the cabdriver and payed to much. At least, we didn't missed the ferry. On the ferry, we recocnized, that we forgot the food, because on the island is no possibility to get cheap food. The only way to eat, is in an luxusresort. hmmm.
After a 30 minutes walk over the island to the west coast, we found some nice beaches. On the way, we waked up a huge iguna or a waran (i don't know exactly).
The beach was great but the water was not clear at all. it wasn't dirty, but it was not realy to enjoy, when you don't know the things you stand on.
On the way back, we were eaten by the moskitos and saw different monkeys in the wild. Waiting on the busstation, an old man told us, that when no bus is coming, he would bring us to town. hmmm, why there shouldn't come a bus? it's probably the way it works in Malaysia. Our bus was coming after a quarter hour, so we got back to the central busstation in Melaka. There we buyed some bustickets for the next day, to move to Pulau Pankor, where the water should be clearer and better. In the evening, we found a realy nice little restaurant named "Calanthe Art Cafe", which shows artworks from local artists and serves delicious foods for good prices. Nearby they are a kind of a coffehouse with 13 different malayen coffebeans!

After these days i can say, that Malaysia is a good country for foreigners. You can do almost everything for the same price, as the locals do! After Bali, a new experience to me.
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