Mellacca Migrants

Trip Start Aug 18, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Melaka was 160km from Kuala Lumpur, a largely pleasant ride, once I'd escaped the outskirt's expressway funnel. Another pivotal 19th century port, central to the European spice and textiles trades, Melaka is a beautiful little town. The old town centre was red-ochre tinted shophouses and colonial church, alongside a small chinatown. Along with some other significant buildings, the whole centre has been well restored and protected as part of Malaysia's national heritage. It took about 2 hours to see the entire town. This included a good 30minutes watching an Indian music video be recorded on 'location' in several of the 'hotspots' (church, fort).

I was turned away from three guesthouses, before eventually finding a dorm bed free. Just as I was musing whether to take it, who should step out of the neighbouring room but Magda and Pawel!

We spent the next day hanging out and catching up on each others' travels. It was really wonderful to see them again. Twice in recent days I'd fallen into long, interesting conversation with backpackers, knowing that they would leave the following morning and I'd never see them again. I was becoming weary of this aspect of vagabonding, so spending time with Pawel and Magda was a real tonic, reminding me that not everyone I've met has disappeared into the fog.
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