Sat 6 Feb 10 - Sun 7 Feb 10 31 °C
We made it to Melaka, but before I get into that I want to post a couple of cool pictures from our last night in KL.
Ok, with that out of the way, on with Melaka.
Our bus arrive around 1:30 in the afternoon and we spent a troublesome 20 minutes wandering around the bus terminal trying to find the correct local bus to take us to our hostel. We finally found it, but had to wait several more minutes in the steaming hot bus with no AC before it finally took off. Then we almost missed our stop. Sound like I'm complaining? I'm not. It was quite an adventure.
But when we got to the hostel we discovered we had made the reservation for tomorrow, not today. Oh no! Thankfully the couple running the hostel was very kind and understanding of our stupidity. They had a room available anyway, though it wasn't the one they planned on giving us. It's still good, though. For anyone ever staying in Melaka, seriously look into the Old Town Guesthouse. Their forgiveness of this blunder is enough to get a thumbs up in my book.
After ditching our stuff in the room we took off to explore Melaka. It's a very small port town which, as I said, has a strong Portuguese influence. Most of the historic section of the city is painted red for some odd reason. It made it easier to find that section of town though as we wandered off the main path a few times.
Since they were the main harbor of Malaysia during the colonial period a lot of their history is related to maritime explorers and ships. We got to explore a replica of one of the most famous ships, the Flor de la Mer, which apparently sank off the coast of Melaka.
I don't expect anybody under 30 to get this joke, but I'll say it anyway.
To quote Incredibad: I'm on a boat m***** ******!
They also had a maritime museum, but the only thing I found interesting enough to photograph was this weird sign, which I still cannot figure out the meaning of.
No fish bombs? Don't blow up the fish? What? Anyway...
We continued to wander around the historic center, but like all other days spent in Malaysia so far dark clouds started to roll in. We decided it was time to head back to the hostel, however we didn't quite make it in time. A few sprinkles fell at first and within five minutes it became a heavy rain storm with distant thunder.
But it wasn't finished. It kept getting heavier and heavier with every passing second until our umbrella became completely useless. Worse yet, we were lost. We approached some locals who were closing up a nearby shop and asked them if we were headed in the right direction. The answer was "no" apparently, but one of them offered to give us a ride. It was only about three blocks away, but we would have been soaked to the bone had we not gotten that ride. As it was only our feet were drenched and everything else was merely damp. Thank you kind mysterious Malaysians! You saved us weather ignorant Californians from much discomfort and unhappiness!
We took this video from our hostel window. If you watch carefully you can see lightening and hear the resulting thunder. The lightening is almost constant now, with a bolt shooting through the sky at least two or three times a minute, but I'm not about to do more filming and uploading, so you'll just have to be happy with this video.
Tomorrow we head to Singapore.