On January 16, all of the ETAs journeyed to Melaka City. Upon arrival, we were treated to colonial-style architecture and delightfully gaudy tuk-tuks that blasted American pop music.
After walking for a while (it was even hotter in Melaka than it was in Kuala Lumpur), we enjoyed a relaxing river cruise that showed us the architecture across the city.
My absolute favorite part of Melaka was the life-sized replica of the Flor De La Mar, a Portugese ship that sank off the coast of the city in 1511. Climbing around on a sixteenth century pirate ship was a bucket list item that I never realized I had until I stepped aboard. (Note: Kingdom Heart’s Peter Pan level is frighteningly accurate to the specs of a real pirate ship.)
After (reluctantly) leaving the ship, we ate lunch in Chinatown and visited a Buddhist temple where I got one of the most depressing and procrastination-inspired fortunes ever. According to my broken kau cim sticks, everything must wait until spring time; I shouldn’t travel until next year, I could possibly die of old age soon (???), and now is not a good time for marriage (…duh).
STAY TUNED FOR NEXT TIME: Meeting the Prime Minister of Malaysia, watching enough Dragon Dances to last a lifetime, climbing surprise mountains in Cherating, and transitioning to orientation in Kuantan.
ALSO: It seems that just about everyone in my family has birthdays during this time of year. Happy Birthday, Dad (17 April) and Mom (14 April)! I love you both very much. My favorite Skype conversations are Sunday morning chats where the computer sits in my place at the breakfast table. It’s just like being at home, without actually being able to smell the pancakes. Or eat the pancakes. Well, it’s close to the real thing, anyway.