We moved to Penang, another Malaysian Island 500 miles south of Langkawi for New Years. A big British Colony in the 1800’s and George Town is another UNESCO protected zone. (You can tell I like UNESCO places!)
A few 2009 George Town started a campaign to “Mark George Town” They ended up with a series of 50 or so wire sculptures marking important historical events in different neighborhoods. There are also some murals and this has morphed into everyone doing sculpture, and murals. Adds a lovely activity, looking for them.
Food, much more interesting than Langkawi. Our street food dinner (choose a long line at it will be good. Some sort of soup (how do you eat hot soup in 83 decrees, feels like 95 per Weather underground), dim sum and traditional Chinese Desert (beans in a sweet broth, iced or hot).
Penang Hill, “Discovered and established by the British in the late 1700’s, it is one of the oldest colonial hills in Southeast Asia” The locals new of the hill before discovery and how do you establish a hill….? I love translations. But, the British did dominate the hill as it is cool 2700 ft above sea level. A funicular ride up (originally built around 1901, but quite modern and fast now) .
A look around, lots our little touristy things to do beyond the view and then we decided to walk the jeep road the 5 km down to the Botanical Garden. Oh my, it is paved now and … straight down.
About half way you can take the path that is all steps. 2 km of steps nearly straight down.
But, we did see some interesting wildlife and plants (no, I won’t include a macaque pic today!) We were tired by the time we got down!
I have said nothing of politics. Every where we go, people ask where we are from. The conversations is something like, “Where are you from?”, “US”, “Oh…. Trump?” as they shake their heads. Everyone wants to understand why he is president and no one has expressed a like, and many and fearful. A little graffiti we say in George Town sums up in a much stronger form what the Asians we have met have felt.
Not to end on that…. I am getting very tired of the selfie culture. EVERY group of people has to stop at each pretty or interesting spot and each person has to do 3 or 4 selfie glamour shots. I am not exaggerating here. I don’t know if this is an Asian thing at some level, I know there is plenty of selfie culture in the US, but I don’t remember seeing this level of selfie-ness when we were in France last Spring.
Crazy. I may start a new series, “Selfie Culture” although it has probably already been done.