Bukit Lewang is a village on a river in the Jungle in Sumatra. It's super cool and probably the neatest place I've been to so far. It reminds me a bit of camping. There's no hotels or big buildings, just little cabins and bungalows built on the side of the river amongst the jungle foliage. The guys that build them are real artisans, too. Whether it's a driftwood spiral staircase, fine etchings in the concrete foundations or elaborate tile work, each guest house has a little personal touch that makes you feel at home.
It started as any other day in transit. Wake up early, walk with our bags for 20 minutes or so and wait for the car to arrive, sweating far too much all the while. My bag (or rather Mike's bag) reeked with sweat from the 8 hour jungle trek two days prior (sorry, Mike). It's okay though, as it turned out, everyone else on the shuttle stunk as well. We were headed for Lake Toba from Bukit Lewang, in Indonesia. It's a fairly standard trip and most people we had met in Bukit Lewang were planning on doing it as well.
A Ringgit's worth of Thoughts
In penang, some of the public transit busses have free wifi.
Two nights in a row, while we were on the bus into town for dinner, the bus stopped at a regular gas station to fill up. Both times the bus was full of people.
Bums in Asia really put Vancouver bums to shame. These guys definitely weren't doing any one thumb push ups or climbing trees for money.
Life's alright right now. I'm writing this post sitting on a deck chair in front of the beach at a resort in Kuantan (which is on the east coast of Malaysia). It's 12:15pm and I have nothing to do.
Deep Thoughts (in no particular order):
We've only been here 6 days, but it feels longer.
I've met so many new family members and they've all been super awesome, amazing and hospitable. Way to go Family!
I've decided to start using this blog as a travel log. I usually hate when people do that to their blogs, but nobody reads these anyway so I don't think I'll be upsetting anyone.
Anyway, this is just a short one because there's free internet in the HK airport and our flight was 45 minutes early (believe it or not) so we have some downtime. I'm just gonna jot down some thoughts I've had since we left.
Don't eat asparagus before getting on a plane. It's not very nice to the person who has to use the washroom after you.