Even Small Jellyfish Pack a Pretty Big Sting....

Trip Start Feb 12, 2008
Trip End Feb 26, 2008

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

So our first full day in Langkawi started out with some relaxing beach time...the water here is warm and beautiful, and the beaches have the whitest sand I have ever seen. The small boutique hotel has only about 20 rooms, and about 15 beach chairs, so Maureen was quick to swoop in and place our towels to "reserve" our chairs for the day before we went out to our beachside terrace to have our breakfast.
I have heard about these "small" jellyfish that occupy the waters of Langkawi, they are more bothersome then anything, feeling like little pricks if they pass by you while you are in the water. The BIG jelly fish are coming soon they say,but not for a couple months. So Im not afraid! Off I go, into the sea to cool off, it does get a little hot in the afternoons here. One of those "small" jellyfish went into the bottoms of my bathing suit and gave me a sting on my buttocks that made me practically sprint so fast to that beach that I must of looked like I saw a shark or something. I almost must of looked pretty funny coming out of the water with my hand down the back of my bottoms rubbing my butt, it hurt for about a half an hour. So, maybe its not THAT hot out, the beach sand is really nice, I think I will just dip in that beautiful water and splash a little of it on me to cool off. It was intertaining to watch from my blanket at all the other uninformed tourists quickly exiting the water grabbing different body parts that got that same sting as me.
The guests at our hotel are very nice, all europeans, and all couples. No one has questioned Maureen and my relationship, we are just greeted every day with " Hi Miss Maureen....Hi Miss Elizabeth"  They are so polite, they treat us like we are guests in their home. I assume they just think we are two friends away from their mates for a little holiday. Alot of the men vacationing here are wearing those small speedo bathing suits that some can get away with wearing, and most can not.
Last night we had "Tapas, and beers at a quaint resort hotel called the Bon Ton. It is known as the most authentic hotel on the island, since it has only 7 rooms, which are actually traditional Malay style houses. The hotel is set in the middle of a rice field, and is also a refuge for displaced cats and some dogs,and they were enjoying themselves being treated to a first class life I am sure.
One of the drivers gave us a ride back to our hotel after our night there. There is no public transportation here, so its only walking and cabs, and most places are way too far to walk to.Alot of people that work here ask "where you from?" They do not meet very many americans, in fact our driver said he has only met a couple in his years here. All the Malaysians when they find out we are from America say, " america is election crazy right now, we like Obama." He seems that he would win if he was running for president here. Our driver also shared some of his thoughts and wisdom  with us...." Americans are afraid of their own shadows...." Im afraid to say , I have to agree with him for a lot of people from America that I have met do fit into his judgement, so I had to smile when he spoke his thoughts.......But not me, I usually never see my shadow, because I am always looking ahead to the next adventure that is awaiting me, and I usually never look back.
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