Malaysia
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  • Day180

    Pause unserer Weltreise

    March 20 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Pause.

    Die sich weiter zuspitzende Lage durch die Corona Pandemie zwingt uns, nach Deutschland zurück zu kehren.
    Gereist sind wir die letzten Wochen schon mit schlechtem Gewissen. Auch wenn es uns gut geht, wissen wir um die Gefahr und nehmen diese sehr ernst.

    Unsere Überlegung: Abbruch in Asien, Weiterreise nach Neuseeland, in einem gemieteten Camper in die Natur fahren und isoliert ausharren bis die Lage sich entschärft.

    Gute Idee eigentlich 💡
    Also haben wir unsere Einreise und Selbstisolation in einem Camper Van von der Neuseeländischen Einreisebehörde bestätigen lassen, uns den größeren Camper gemietet - und in unserer Wohnung in Kota Kinabalu gewartet bis der Flug endlich geht. Inzwischen ist in ganz Malaysia bereits ein Shutdown, außer Supermärkte hat nichts geöffnet. Ein Grund weniger, das Haus zu verlassen. Wir wollen eh nicht raus, uns nicht anstecken, keine Gefahr sein.

    Doch es kommt anders: täglich überschlagen sich die Ereignisse. Malaysia shutdown und Reisestopp, und dann: Neuseeland und Australien schließen die Grenzen, Flüge werden zu 90% gestrichen, das Auswärtige Amt gibt eine „weltweite Reisewarnung“ aus.
    Und damit ist unser Schicksal besiegelt. Wir müssen zurück nach Deutschland.

    Doch so einfach ist das nicht. Es gibt wenige (bezahlbare) Flüge, die kürzeste Verbindung ab Borneo dauert knapp 30 Stunden mit mindestens 3 Stopps. Da kann einiges schief laufen.
    Wir finden einen Flug für den 23.03. - und drücken die Daumen, dass er auch fliegt. Und, dass sie uns mitnehmen. Mehrere Reisende berichten, dass sie ohne negativen Corona Test nicht mitgenommen wurden. Die Lage ist angespannt.

    Kurzum: Fast auf den Tag genau nach 6 Monaten kommt unsere Reise zu einem ungewollten, unwürdigen und unvorhersehbaren Ende.
    Wir sind traurig. Traurig, dass wir nicht weiter machen können aber auch traurig, dass wir uns nicht auf das Heimkommen freuen können.
    Keine überschwänglichen Begrüßungen, keine Besuche bei Freunden, keine Umarmungen der Liebsten. 😔

    Wir hatten gerade den Punkt erreicht, dass die Reise unser Alltag, unser Leben ist. Wir sehen die Etappe in Deutschland also erstmal als Teil der Reise.
    Auch wenn wir im Heimatland sein werden, bleiben wir vorerst Reisende. Mit Rucksack und der Einstellung, dass wir mit jeder Herausforderung klar kommen werden, solange wir zusammenhalten 👩‍❤️‍👨

    Auf geht‘s in die Heimat, ohne „Heim“ zu kommen. Spannendes, neues Kapitel - sofern alles klappt 🛫

    Damit es auch noch was zu gucken gibt, ein paar Eindrücke aus unserer aktuellen Quarantäne und ein Einblick, was sich mit einer Mikrowelle so alles "kochen" lässt 😉
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  • Day13

    The streets of KL

    February 27 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    With nothing particular planned today, one of us had a sleep-in 😁... so we were a bit late getting going.

    We caught the monorail towards town, then walked a circuitous route toward Chinatown via a number of caches, Malaysian Scout Headquarters, coffee shops and numerous drink stalls.

    After navigating the metro and monorail, we arrived back at our hotel in time for a late afternoon swim, and a quiet night in.Read more

  • Day3

    Home for the next week

    October 14, 2019 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Arrived at G’ma Jan’s (Bun’s stepmother) on the outskirts of KL. Hot and humid. A day for staying awake and eating the local food. We went to a local shopping mall for lunch and supplies from a supermarket. We all ate Nasi Lemak for lunch plus a bowl of fruit rojack, (rojack means “mix”, Jan told us that it is also used to refer to mixed marriages or mixed race). The fruit rojack contained pineapple, turnip, mango and cucumber all covered with a strong, sweet tasting sauce containing shrimp paste along with a deep-fried poppadom-looking crispy thing. Strange bedfellows, but it works. Bun drank a hot lime with assam (salted plumb) which probably contained a bag of sugar to counteract the lime and salt.

    We went home for a brief nap during which time there was a 90 minute electric storm that took the electric out 4 times. Thunder rumbled throughout the storm. I love electrical storms but Bun isn’t too keen on them.

    Dinner was at an old outdoor medan selera (food court). Unfortunately, what should have taken 30 mins to drive, took about 90 mins and someone the stalls had already closed by the time we arrived. However, plenty of selection remained. We are fortunate in that Bun spent the first 12 years of her life in Malaysia and we have always had Bun’s father and stepmother as a guides when buying street food. While the visible hygiene has improved over the years, the environment probably puts off a lot of visitors who either stick to hotel food or international chains and miss out on what we consider to be the tastiest, most freshly cooked and value for money food that we come across anywhere. It was interesting to see the “medan selera” concept being created at a number of locations in London. Off to bed, it’s been a long day since 6:15am Sunday morning. Next door are having an e tension built and the workmen will be starting at 8:00. Goodnight.
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  • Day11

    Cave temples and concubines

    February 25 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Our last day in the highlands and we started with more tea plantations. We revisited one from yesterday to do the factory tour, and pick up the 2 caches there!

    We began the trip down the mountain after a quick stop at a roadside market to buy some sweet potatoes for Rosli's mum (and had some for morning tea that they cook ready for the shoppers).

    We stopped enroute at a waterfall and hot spring, which isn't very popular with the locals as they charge an entrance fee (5RM = $1.66 each), so we were the only one's there... or it could be that hot springs aren't popular when it's 35 degrees and humid!

    Ipoh is the 3rd largest city in Malaysia and was built on limestone and tin mining. It still has an industrial feel, but they are trying to increase tourism by promoting the limestone caves and food culture.

    On the outskirts of town we visited one of a number of cave temples, before heading in to Concubine Lane for lunch. The town has a large Cantonese population who came for the mining boom, and many of the businessman housed their second wives in this street to visit when they were in town for business.

    After a walk around the old town, we visited Mural Arts Lane, an otherwise drab alley that's been transformed by local artists, before walking back to our hotel.
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  • Day15

    Leap Day

    February 29 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    Our final day in Malaysia, and it's a leap day... so we have arranged a geocaching event at the Petronas Towers, to meet local and visiting cachers. Having previously been warned that any event in Malaysia where you're not alone is a good event, we were very pleased to have 9 attendees.

    One of the local cachers then escorted a group of us to complete a nearby NFC cache (Near Field Communication), and as we don't have any of this type of cache in Adelaide, it was interesting to see it in action.

    After morning tea at the towers, we found a few more caches with the locals, and had lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe before catching the monorail back to our hotel to collect our bags, then the train to the airport.

    We had plenty of time to spare, so bought a lounge package where we could have a shower and a meal before our flight home.
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  • Day16

    Cameron Highlands

    January 18 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Cameron Highlands ist eine sehr willkommene Abwechselung nach den letzten zwei Wochen Hitze. Angenehme 20 Grad, viel Wind und Regen. Abends laufe ich sogar meist mit meiner Jacke rum, weil es wirklich frisch wird.

    Am ersten Abend sind wir in die Bar neben unserem Hostel gegangen und haben Billiard gespielt. Der Verlierer musste jedes Mal einen Kurzen trinken. Und ratet mal, wer am Ende des Abends ganz schön betrunken war? 😩

    Am nächsten Tag sind wir wandern gegangen. Aus einem entspannten 2h Spaziergang wurde schnell eine 5h Höchstleistungtour. 😂 Steil berghoch, umgefallene Bäume hochkraxeln, Abhänge runterklettern. Man, war ich danach erledigt.

    Abends sind wir mit Rollern in die nächste Stadt zum Nachtmarkt gefahren und haben uns Abendessen besorgt. Erdbeeren, Süßkartoffelbällchen, Chilinudeln und Maispancakes. Das Essen hier ist immer wieder ein Erlebnis. Bei den meisten Gerichten weiß ich nicht so genau was es sein soll, aber es ist immer wahnsinnig lecker. 😍
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  • Day73

    Wonderful Street Art

    January 13 in Malaysia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    George Town ist voller wunderschöner Street Art überall. Es gibt extra Stadtpläne, in denen die Stellen markiert sind.
    Weil ich ohnehin schon nicht alles zeigen kann, hier aber ein extra Footprint mit einer Auswahl der Kunst...

  • Day9

    Up to the highlands

    February 23 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Today we are headed to the Cameron Highlands, a popular holiday destination for locals and international tourists, as the temperature rarely gets to 30 degrees, and humidity is low.

    On the way out of KL we visited the Blue Mosque: capacity 24,000, claim to fame: the largest religious dome in the world.

    The Cameron Highlands is a collection of small towns which became popular among the British in the 1930's as an escape from the tropical heat, but is now famous for it's tea plantations, strawberry farms and honey production.

    We stopped at an indigenous local's house on the way, a friend of Rosli known as Michael Jackson, for his uncanny resemblance... he invited us into his single room house for a chat, and his brother was happy to demonstrate his prowess with a blowpipe and poison dart!

    We visited a couple of tea plantations (quite touristy, so we didn't stay long), but did a short hike to lookout with spectacular views over the valley.

    After a late lunch we checked into our hotel before a dusk walk... and put a jacket on for the first time this holiday, as the temperature dropped below 20 degrees!
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  • Day12

    Castle and caves

    February 26 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    We departed Ipoh at 9am and headed to Kellie's Castle on the outskirts. Kellie's Castle is a partially completed mansion built by a Scottish businessman in the 1910/20's, which has a six storey tower and was to have the first elevator in Malaysia, an indoor tennis court, rooftop entertainment area, and escape stairways and tunnels from most rooms.
    Unfortunately he died before it was complete, and his wife wasn't interested in living there, so it was sold and was neglected for decades, until it was opened to tourism.

    The road to Kuala Lumpur is mostly freeway, so apart from a lunch stop at a large outdoor food venue, we headed to Batu Caves, on the northern edge of KL. Batu Caves are a series of cave temples dedicated to the Lord Murugan, the Hindu God of War. It is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, and is entered via a colourful 272 steps.

    Our accommodation for the next 3 nights is on the 33rd floor of Berjaya Times Square, the 12th largest building in the world (by floor area) 😁
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  • Day5

    Sticky Dicks

    October 16, 2019 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    One of Bun’s dad’s favourite snacks was a deep fried dough that he called bones, or sticky dicks. Resembling a foot long doughnut, he would eat them while having a coffee. The shop where we had our tau foo far also sold a range of pastries which Bun and Jan ate

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