You can do anything in flipflops!

Trip Start Jan 24, 2010
Trip End Jan 23, 2011

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Kratz family holiday flat

Flag of Malaysia  , Pulau Pinang,
Sunday, February 7, 2010

After walking all over Georgetown yet again, we have seen some famous more famous sights including Penang Museum and Khoo Kongsi (clan house/temple). The heat started to get to us though, so we managed to make our way out to Penang hill slightly outside town, that supposedly was cooler temperatures and had nice view of the city. 

The lovely lonely planet guide book made it sound like it was very easy to get to Penang hill with virtually any bus, but instead the bus only got us most of the way, saying we needed to change buses to get all the way to the hill. The locals then made it sound like it was a proper trek over to the hill and as the sun was by now getting to our heads, we started considering a taxi. However, we did actually wear sensible shoes, so we decided to start walking... A bit down the road we gave up, and took the first bus we could find, the driver happily charged us for a full bus fare, and it turned out that the tram station up the hill was only 100 m further down, around the corner. We were not happy and as we left the bus the driver was actually laughing at us!

After this lovely experience, and some nice views of Georgetown from the top of the hill (and also a monkey sitting in a tree over the tourist path almost pooping on peoples heads) we headed back to town, sharing a taxi with a nice german couple and their 5 year old son, both them and us had given up on the buses by then! 

The dinner theme for the evening was indian (we are trying our way through most of the local foods, and so far successful without any stomach problems or long nites in the bathroom!) 

The last day in Penang we decided it was time for some less chilling and some more exploring, so we headed over to the national park on the north side of the island in search of some nice empty beaches. Having worn warm trainers the day before, we figured we'd have a day in flip flops, which might not have been the most clever decision so far. The park office said that the roads were nice and there would be no problem getting to the other side of the park in our chosen footware. HOWEVER, the park proved to be more of a jungle, and the "nice roads" were more like narrow paths full of roots, leaves and other nice vegitation. We felt quite pride though, realising along the way that the only other people we met on the paths wearing flips flops, were local malaysians. The long trek did take us to a gorgeous beach though, so it was actually worth the trouble! (even though the long walk back was a bit painful).

After the long walk, we felt the need to stop for a beer nearby, and on our way home after that we were pleasantly surprised when we walked into a singing bus. Local and VERY happy women kept singing songs we did not understand anything of, but everyone clapped and danced along all the way back to town. 

Tomorrow awaits Kuala Lumpur, more updates will follow from there! 

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Stubbsy on

I seem to be the only person who has difficulty with flip flops. I tried running for a bus in Brooklyn last summer - they weren't staying on and the result was shredded feet. Ouch!

Looks like you're having an awesome time - V jealous...!

sophiar on

Its a skill that needs to be mastered.. :-)

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