Trip Start May 30, 2005
129Trip End Sep 30, 2006
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In reality Kota Kinabalu is a modern town that could be anywhere in the world. The Colonial and The Clown have already been busy in the town setting up numerous eateries wherever a corner is to be found
To save myself from the expense of a 14 Ringgit (2 UK Pounds) taxi ride into town on my own I singled out a western couple and made my move in order to share a taxi with them. They turned out to be a young pre-university couple that had just completed a short stint with Raleigh International, building schools, being good, and saving the planet. We ended up staying at the same hostel and I met a few more of their friends. I found out that the Raleigh volunteers are called 'Venturers' which led me to start thinking what their collective noun should be, I came up with was a 'Rally of Venturers', which I think is suitable. The next day it was pouring with rain so not much we really going on, myself and the Rally headed out to be really Venturous at lunch time and ended up in Pizza Hut. To be honest the cheese that they put on the pizza was scarier than any snake or tarantula.
Due to the rain and the impending mountain climb I could safely lounge around and not do anything in a completely guilt free manner, which is what I did. Mount Kinabalu was calling and I was trying not to listen.