Away from Thailand we sprint!

Trip Start Sep 30, 2005
Trip End Sep 01, 2006

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Saturday, May 27, 2006

After meeting up with Kate again, there were some big decisions to be made, and the feeling that we needed to get out of Hue Hin and Thailand as quickly as possible, and head on to Australia, and finally see Pearlie, Meg and Tony (who I've never even met!!). but being back on the road (or track) again has given me and us a new lease of life (although not more money). Colin and Emsey and all family and friends and even you Lee back in Engalnd, we are coming back at the end of July and look forward to some long chats, and maybe just a touch of debauchery.

So we took a 18 hour train journey all the way down to through the Malaysian border (apparently my teachers bag is suspicious, maybe it's just me holding it that looks suspicious). we then carried on with the train to butterworth, followed by a small hop on a ferry to Penang Island and George town. We are staying at a spot on love lane, which of course sounds ominous, in the nice china town area. The first place we walk into for a cup of coffee is called Green house, owned by an elderly Australian couple, and the service was great, smiling, and giving us loads of tips where to eat, drink, and sights to see. more fortunately we got a vegemite and cheese toastie, and although it isn't marmite, its not a bad sub, yum, yum, needless to say, we went back to this cafe, and i've got to e-mail them to get there secret spicy secret sauce, which the name deserts me on, simple creature, big tummy. Malaysia, good, good first impressions, really multicultural, majority Muslim country, but many Chinese, Hindu, Buddhist and Christian, we really felt comfortable in penang. we are now working in ringgits, and the currency is really messing with our tiny little minds, in fact after so long in Thailand, we are converting to baht, rather than the bloody pound. perhaps we have been away to long, or not long enough!

on advice we took a long u shaped walk to some temples which we never found, but the exercise is undoubtedly good for us, or at least thats what we told ourselves. we found our way to a shopping center, where kate went little top crazy, and tried to catch up on my Bangkok shopping, last chances for cheap clothes, so even with diminishing funds, it does make sense, the bags are big, and not so manageable, but only a couple more days. The cinema, hum, payed for our tickets for da vinci code, yey, waited an hour for it to start, went in, the film was half way through, hum, go back out, see the mans watch, no one told us the time had changed by an hour, sod it, giggled a bit, at least it wasn't the 5 quid that the gits charge back home charge. if your a lady and you like drinking, there's loads of places which give you free drinks all night, which seems slightly unfair, but katey was happy all the same, happy hour didn't finish, so therefore we didn't have to worry about that lost hour.

day 2, kate gets given the lucky numbers for the lottery from a crazy man, we go out of town to Kek Lok Si Temple, which is a Buddhist Chinese temple set on a hill, and was very pretty, maybe helped by the fact that for once we are not templed out. The goddess of mercy looks out there over the small town.
we then walked to penang hill, getting involved with the walking, and took the rail car up, for a spectacular view over the town. had some great Indian food, before having a drink in the worst Irish pub that every existed, bad stuff from the 80's (sounds unlikely i know), with a guy giving commentry of his feelings on the songs inbetween,we sat outside!

a third day, more toasties (i know real travelers), went to the old british fort cornwallis (not to impressive), and the very beutiful temple/clan house called Koo Kongsi, followed by some more shopping, and kate getting a little colour to her hair, pictures will come, when kate gives her consent, looks wicked trust me. took ages, and i had brought tickets for the da vinci code whilst waiting, which we missed it by about an hour. i shopped (incriminating, sshhh) for some dvds, cheap (loud cough) ones, there were loads of shops selling them, i'm talking to the guy at the counter about how they got raided last week, the dvds are almost ready, "Police", shutters go down, lights off, i was waiting for the spotlight, managed to pay, and get out before the last shutter went down, swiftly walking, all the other places around the place had there shutters down. very exciting.

boat to butterworth, and the luxury bus down to Kuala Lumpur. Beware Mills-Mcshea will be in the vicinity in the next two months, rah!
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jojohn on

Hello from Oz
We don't get to a computer much where we are, but now I am on one I thought I'd try and catch up on your travels. An hour later and nowhere near finished! You sound like you've both been having an amazing time. John and I are settled in WA for three months earning money to fund buying a vehicle. We are both well and hope to catch up with you both soon - either here or England! Love Jo xx

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