Finally,My Felucca Ride

Trip Start Nov 09, 2008
Trip End Nov 19, 2008

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Finally, my felucca ride. A felucca ride has been a childhood dream of mine.  I studied in a boarding school in this small little town in Negri Sembilan and my parents sometimes would come over and visit me during the weekend. Life in a boarding school was boring and stressful especially during the exams.

It was an exam weekend and I should be studying but instead I decided to go watch a movie with them - The Spy Who Loved Me (Roger Moore and Barbara Bach). I remembered this particular scene where James Bond and his beautiful Russain spy  took a romantic felucca ride down the Nile. For that two hours, I was transported into this  world of exotic adventure . The cool breeze in the nice quiet cinema and a hauntingly beautiful song made me forget for that two hours  my stress and  worries for the exams - it was I guess pure escapism. Many years later, I watched that movie again but I  didn't give me that same feeling ( it fact, I thought the movie was bad) I guess I always hoped that seeing and experiencing the real thing would help me recapture that wonderful feeling of freedom and exhilaration I had so many years ago.

Certainly, this is  the most relaxing way to see the Nile. There is something in the way the felucca gracefully sail without  motor,  or  a nasty diesel smell and when we do the zig zag across the Nile and just let the wind take us , it is exhilarating and it is a very liberating feeling . With the cool breeze against the face , I did get that wonderful feeling so many years ago in a little cinema in Kuala Pilah.
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