It's a small world

Trip Start May 18, 2003
Trip End Ongoing

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Daniel's Lodge

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Tuesday, May 27, 2003

I wondered how long it would take me to meet some fellow travellers from my home city, seven days is the answer.

Leaving KL this morning was fairly straight forward; I checked out of Anuja Backpackers in plenty of time, bought some more red bean buns, banana chips and water for the journey and had breakfast at the local 'kedai kopi' (which means coffee house but is actually a restaurant). I've been in Malaysia for exactly a week and am pleased to say that I have managed to avoid all the 'foreign' fast food outlets and only eaten locally at the many kedai kopi and hawker centres. Being vegetarian has not presented any problems but I must admit the fish has looked quite tempting. So far I have managed to resist though.

The bus journey here was just as bad as I thought it would be. It was quite similar to the winding bus route from Cadaques in Spain (Lola and Jenny will appreciate what I mean). Fortunately I had some music to listen to and keep my mind off the driver's manic cornering technique.

After checking into Daniel's Lodge (RM7) I went for a wonder around the town. The first thing you notice here is the much cooler climate, compared with KL. Arrived wearing a t-shirt but by the evening felt the need to get my fleece out - which I didn't think I would need until New Zealand. It is still quite warm here but because I have spent a week in KL's heat I have perhaps become a little accustomed to the high temperature and humidity.

On my return to the lodge I met two people who are from Birmingham, Becky and 'Rin'. It was fun talking to them about travel plans and exchanging tips, all the while I was thinking "the more you travel the more you realise that it is a small world".

Entertainment this evening was a movie courtesy of the free VCD library. It was quite difficult to understand the dialogue to 'Taxi 3' as it was a French film that had been dubbed with a language I didn't recognise. The Cantonese and Malay subtitles were no help either, but it was still a good film.
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