Penang/Georgetown | Day 1
It’s a wonder, but the train arrived one hour earlier! Considering that we started one hour later we won 2 hours! Niiiiice!
Getting off the train I met an Americano couple, traveling around Asia as holiday after working in bruma. Never met someone accepting a shitty income in exchange for living in a nice country like that, but money is not everything!
We took the RM 1,20 ferry from Butterworth to Penang And enjoyed a beautiful sunrise over the mountains and the ocean. Arriving in Georgetown it made the impression of a typical English colony to me. Like if its stuck in its colonial time around 1900, Victorian buildings, little bit like in movies of New York in the 50’s . The streets reminded me of Cuba, never been there but it’s similar to the pictures!
It was a little bit hard to find my hostel, an old Chinese clan house, still having the typical Chinese style! It has little stone gardens and really comfy seats 🙂 my 4 bed dorm turned out to be a 12 bed dorm, I’ll try to mention that on booking.com, but the rest is really nice! Breakfast with sausage, egg and salat, yumm! I mean he Chinese food is amazing, but sometimes I need something fresh and bread ;D! (Little side note: i successfully killed the moscito that bit me 8 times since I’m writing this text -.- greetings from dengue fever & malaria)
In the hostel I met a guy from the Czech Republic and we explored the city together. It was definately a good tip of tripadvisor to just go around and have a look in all the side streets – mechanics still fixing bikes on the streets, little cafes and much more things!
After splitting up I met an Austrian girl in an really nice Indian restaurant, saying there’s a Chinese New Year parade going on today! Good timing!
So we went down to china town which was filled with tourists, but the temples were amazing! I didn’t even miss the chance to try jellyfish (tastes like salty rubber :/ ). It turned out that both of us want to visit the kek so lee temple (sry I’m too lazy to look up the proper name) and that it has because of Chinese New Year opened up to 10 pm! So we went there with the local bus and got rewarded with an amazing view! Typical Chinese-like they covered the temple in colourful lights,! Really amazing!
We even went on the big tower and had an amazing view on Georgetown! The pictures just can’t show how amazing the view was!
Coming back we found a nice Indian restaurant and had an even nicer mee goreng! Yum!