Mersey, Malaysia

Trip Start Feb 11, 2007
Trip End ??? ??, 2008

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Friday, June 22, 2007

I made it to the Melaka Sentral around 7:30, and worked my way to my designated terminal.  I have always enjoyed traveling by bus and found this morning's trip rather enjoyable.  The road to the Eastern Coast was filled with the sights of coconut groves and rubber tree plantations intermixed with sleepy Malay villages and road side fruit stands.  Our driver was a wily one, chain smoking clove cigarettes the whole way.  When he wasn't dodging locals on their motor bikes, he was swerving to miss the droves of monkeys cris-crossing the road.  To his credit, he was keen on staying on schedule, as we spent most of the journey on the wrong side of the road, passing everything from passenger cars to military convoys. The result of his driving skills is evident in that we arrived right on time, despite the fact the speedometer was broken...

Mersey is laid back fishing town, also serving as a departure point for several islands off the coast. While I didn't make it out to the islands, i found plenty to keep me occupied for the day. 

Once I found a hostel, I spend an hour or so walking around and met up with a few other tourists doing the same thing I was.  One was a student from Germany and the other an Iranian on an indefinite holiday.  Not long ago, he converted to Christianity and as a result, was informed be will be executed upon return.  He said he was not planning a return trip anytime soon.

I later took a nice stroll down the beach and along the waterway and must say the locals seem to be quite friendly.  They all smile and say hello and the scores of motorcyclists all want to give you a 'high five'.

I have been covering quite a few Kms the past few days, so I think i am going to take it easy tonight.  perhaps stop down to one of the bars down by the beach and enjoy a cool Tiger beer.

I have the morning to do some more exploring, then I am off to Cherating at noon.
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