What has six thumbs and visited Malaysia for five days?
Sometimes being on vacation isn’t enough. Sometimes you need a vacation from your vacation. This is serious business, people. We decided that our challenge would be Going to Malaysia, as it fit our criteria: Cheap-ish, close-ish, and fast to get to. Ish. Oh, and there’s a beach. And delicious food. And lots of culture. Yeah, the culture, that’s what we went for…
Brock covered the ethnic make-up of Malaysia, but I’ll just say that basically it’s a mix of Malays, Chinese, and Indians. Importantly, Malaysia is a Muslim-majority country, the first I’ve been to (not as important, but still interesting). We had one half day and one full day in Penang, as island off the coast of Malaysia. It was kind of deserted because everybody had either left or closed down their shops to celebrate Hari Raya/Eid (pronounced “eed”), which I’m just going to go ahead and describe as the Muslim Christmas. I know that’s not an accurate description at all, but…give me a break, my brain is fried from being on the beach. (HERE IS WHERE YOU MAKE SYMPATHETIC NOISES.)
We had a great time.
**WARNING** The following sentence and picture is NSFMD (Not Safe For My Dad) and NSFPWAGTTMD (Not Safe For People Who Are Going To Tell My Dad).
We rented motorcycles.
**OKAY** Totally SFMD (Safe For My Dad) again.
We ate some foods.
We saw a crazy Chinese Buddhist temple complex.
We visited a spice garden and had nutmeg juice. Did you know that a nutmeg tree has fruit? Now you do. Mameshiba!
Penang was beautiful, but we had more important things to get to, namely, the beach.
Stay tuned for more about Malaysia, including pictures of the beach that will make you want to be like me (yes, that means quitting your job without really thinking things through and moving to a country where you can neither read nor speak the language).