Foodies delight

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Flag of Malaysia  , Pinang,
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

We didn't have any expectations of this place at all. It was merely a stopping off point before heading to Singapore to catch a flight to Bali. We really loved it though. It used to be an important trading port on the Straits of Melaka, therefore has colonial British and European influences as well as Chinese, Indian, Malay among others as well as hybrids between all the cultures. It’s quite small as well, which means around every street corner seems to be a new sight or smell. Georgetown is a foodies paradise – we spend an entire day going to different hawker stalls following a map produced by the Penang heritage society. We gorge ourselves on curries, rotis, Sri Lankan drinks, Teh Lek, noodles and other Penang hybrid food specialities.

One day we visit Penang National Park and trek through the sweaty forest. When we reach the beach we find that some baby turtles had hatched and were in incubation before being sent into the ocean. Sarah falls in love with them and all I hear is 'how cute were those turtles’ for the next few days. We also see some cheeky monkeys, instead of being in the jungle, they’re hoarding the trash cans on the tourist paths. One of them has a pair of pants in his hands, not so clever after all.

We have a nice chill day the final day before heading to Singapore. We see a film at the cinema (in English) and have a look around the shopping mall.
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