Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix
Trip Start Sep 19, 2002
129Trip End Sep 22, 2003
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We decided to treat ourselves to an ice-cream which, trust me, really was a treat because of the prices there. The food and beverages (like the merchandise) wasVERY expensive and VERY limited and they actually ran out before we could get anything so we ended up with water. We were really annoyed about this as they had stipulated no outside food and drink and they had been actively searching people's bags throughout the previous days. However on this day (when there was 100,000 people there) they did not and they even let in people openly carrying cool boxesand picnic hampers! There was also a rule saying no umbrellas which was crazy (and ignored) because of the sun. Sepang is billed as the hottest F1 race and it was 34 degrees in the shade and the sun was beating down. Luckily we had secured a spot in the shade but this moved during the afternoon and we also ended up in the sun for a while. We felt very sorry for the people who had bought tickets in the uncovered stands!
The race itself was amazing and we cheered and clapped in the great atmosphere surrounded by people of all nationalities, many wearing Peace badges, and it was good to forget about the war for a few hours. Of course, 100,000 people also have to get out of the circuit and this was a bit of a bun fight as there were only so many shuttles and everyone was hot and tired. Many people were also dehydrated, sun burned or had heat exhaustion or sunstroke, partly due to the lack and expense of shade and fluids etc. We eventually managed to get back to the Attapsanna guest house at about 9pm and Farida and Rhobi (bless them) came to our room to say goodbye and give us a kiss. They enjoyed having us there as we spoke to them about their culture and food etc, and we kept coming back! I thought Farida was going to cry when we said they were like our Malaysian Mums! Rhobi even did our washing when she wouldn't do anyone elses and Farida helped us out when I left the key in the room. She dangled her nephew over the top of our cubicle with a samurai sword to try and reach them but he ended up having to slide over and throw the keys over the top! They still gave us another discount even though they could have charged double for the room during the GrandPrix.
Definitely a good way to spend our last day in Malaysia!