We arrived today. Folks, we are in serious traveller territory now. The room cost us £3. I can just imagine Josy, Mary and Lesley taking one look at the room, and needing a flight home. We are adjusting, but this is the serious stuff now. We took a taxi from the airport, stopped at the first set of traffic lights, and almost jumped out our skin as children appeared at our windows. They were begging for money. The most beautiful little girl, I would say about 6 years old, stared at me through the taxi window while she strummed a little guitar and sang a song, on the main road in busy rush hour traffic. You could see it in her eyes, the sweetest little voice, strumming a battered old toy guitar, but the eyes told the whole story. I think we were all shocked and stunned, feeling slightly embarrassed and ashamed, it was so humbling, a $ is a huge sum of money for these people.
So that was really our first taste of the culture shock. We thought we were prepared for this, but when it eventually hits – it really hits you hard.
Well it’s only our first night here, so can post more later, but can let you know, these people are the most friendliest, deep down genuine lovely people. We have just cracked a deal to take us to Lake Toba in the morning. Medan is a shanty town metropolis. We would need some time to adjust to this. The houses are made of breeze block and rusty corrugated iron. You would never come here for a holiday, this is travelling.
Penang in Malaysia however, was outstanding. I mean absolutely outstanding. If Dad is reading this, look out Ann Murray’s “Danny’s Song”. It has become our anthem Dad. We spent 6 days at the Blue Diamond Hotel. The Hotel owner loves Western Music, they all do – they seem to love Neil Sedaka, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash, Billy Joe Spears etc. I became Mr Pete, and when they found out I could play guitar and sing, they had me up every night. But Ann Murrays song was the one where we dueted every night.
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We visited the local temple which was breathtaking. I’ll try and get the photo’s up, you will be blown away, just as we were. But the best day was the beach at Farangi. Linden and me just decided to strip off and hit the greeny blue ocean, it was warm, the sea was warm, it was just a fantastic chill out day on the closest we have been to a desert island.