A little cool down

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 01, 2011

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Flag of Malaysia  , Pahang,
Thursday, January 6, 2011

In the morning before we left for Cameron Highlands we went out to search for some breakfast. Instead of sitting down we decided we just wanted some fruit and bread stuff. So we picked up some slurpie's (of course) and went to check out some street stalls and got a couple cream puffs and cheese bread and butter bread. Then we carried that over to the fruit stand and grabbed some pineapple. Then on our way back to our hotel we noticed a bakery we had wanted to check out was open so we went and got a cinnamon bun and also some focaccia bread...we were in bread heaven!
We enjoyed our breakfast of slurpie, cheese bun and cinnamon bun thoroughly and saved the rest for later.
Our mini bus to the highlands ended up being a half hour late and drove around Georgetown for another half hr to an hour before we actually headed out on the road, by now we're used to the probability of being at least a couple hours late so no big deal.
Our minibus ended up being a bus from the guesthouse we wanted to stay at so it dropped everyone off right there. We didn't bother looking around to any other places because a room with a shared bathroom there was less than about $10 a night for the both of us and they only had a couple left so we stayed where we were.
We didn't have much time to do anything that evening so we just had supper and looked more into what we would do and making plans.
The next morning it was drizzling out a bit so we put our warm clothes on and set out to visit a Tea plantation. We went to the bus station and there was a bit of confusion for us when trying to figure out if the bus that pulled up would get us to the road we wanted. We asked a guy getting of the bus who we thought was the driver but he seemed confused by our questions and could only give us bits of info. Finally we decided yes it would take us up to the road and if we couldn't get off where we wanted we would figure it out then. When we got on the bus we saw the guy we thought was the driver sitting in a passenger seat and we started laughing, no wonder he didn't really know much about where we were going, wish he would've told us he wasn't the driver! lol.
The collecting the money for tickets let us know where to get off though so we got there just fine. Then we had a half hour walk though to the actual site of the plantation. About a quarter of the way we started seeing fields full of tea leaf plants and although it was foggy and drizzling the whole way it was a really beautiful walk. By the time we got there we were pretty tired and so we took our time walking around and reading about the place and then went into the factory to see the machines (there is a little corner you can walk through with glass panels put up so we can see the machines and employees working). Then of course we sat down to have some tea and sandwiches. It was all delicious! Just as we were finishing our meal there was a bus identical to the one we had taken to the junction up here so we quickly packed up and ran for it cz we were not keen on walking all the way back!
Not too sure why that bus was up there because he stayed for another 45 min.s and then we were the only two passengers, but we didn't care to ask we were just happy we had a ride. He took us back just to the junction which was great with us because we wanted to see the bee farm and vegetable market and possibly pick some strawberries there.
First we went to the bee "garden" not farm and walked around. The garden had boxes for the bees all over, but of course they we fenced of so we couldn't touch...wouldn't want to anyway. It also had massive plastic bees all through the garden which was a little funny looking.
Then we walked down the road just looking into all the vegetable stalls there. We decided we would just walk along the highway towards the next town till we saw either a bus or a strawberry farm we wanted to check out. We didn't see either and ended up walking the two km back to town.
There had been signs for a strawberry farm just beside town so we went to check it out. There were a lot of different kind of plants, not just strawberries but not much to do so we bought a couple strawberry freezies and went back to town to go to a Strawberry Moments Cafe we had also seen signs for that looked so delicious we couldn't pass it up! We shared a strawberry strudel with fresh strawberries and whipped cream and it was amazing! Glad we made the stop.
Then we went with the same plan again of walking the highway till a bus stopped to pick us up. After our first try we weren't too hopefully and checked out our map. There was a golf course half way to the town we were staying in and one way around was the main highway and another was a bit less of a walk and what looked like a less busy road. When we came to the sign for the road we ditched the hope of a bus and took the less busy road so we didn't have to be scared anymore that we would be clipped of the road by one of the many passing vehicles. To our delight there was also a sidewalk so we were completely safe. We got confused at one intersection and went the wrong way but corrected ourselves and turned back. When we were almost back to town and we about to join with the highway again we saw a sign for a path to one of the waterfalls we wanted to check out the next day, so we decided to do it now cz we knew the path also lead back to town.
The falls ended up being a very sad thing to see, there was garbage piled up on either side of the bank and it was so disappointing, so we just headed back to town.
When we finally made it we could barely move anymore, we had been walking literally half the day.
We went straight back to our lodge (with only one stop to take a picture of a guy we both passed by and thought out loud at the same time that he definitely reminded us of Mitch!!). We fell onto the bed and passed right out for a nap before supper.
Going to bed that night felt great after such a long day!

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