A very hot day in the city
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Well after a very strenuous day yesterday we decided to just stay around the city today and soak up the sights. After quite a late start and a curry for breakfast (which was delicious, no more of that western egg and bacon muck for us two!), we wandered to see if we could get onto the free shuttle bus that does a circuit of the city. For some reason we couldn't find the stop near to our guesthouse, so despite Emma's protests about it being too hot we started to walk. It was indeed a very hot day, think we've spent too much time relaxing on a beach, as we had forgot how hard it is sightseeing on foot in this kind of tropical heat. We did eventually end up on the free bus. It wasn't like a free tourist bus in other cities, for example there were no other tourists and it was full of school children! Obviously not used as it was intended.
We wandered along the esplanade passing some very colonial looking buildings. It was pleasant looking out to the Straits of Melaka, the esplanade has been developed to look really pretty. It is just another example of how much more developed and different Malaysia is from the other countries in South East Asia.
We wandered into what must be the 'financial district' of the city where all the banks are situated. They are all housed in colonial buildings and certainly appear very grand. We could have been on a street in London... until we turned the corner and found yet more food stalls.
Early evening we wandered to a street that had some very western looking bars and restaurants along it. We chose to have a beer at an English style pub. It was strange walking inside as it was typically English, it even smelt like the pubs at home. Equally fantastic was having a beer in a real pint glass (not half a litre, not just under a pint, but a whole pint)!
Food tonight was eaten at the Red Garden night Market. It specialises in Chinese style Malay food but really you can get anything you want, pizza, western, seafood, noodles - allsorts, it's great. We opted for some chicken satay, chicken mee goreng (spicy noodles) and Hokkien Char (noodles with prawn and tofu). All excellent. Street food in Malaysia really is wonderful, you could stay here for a month and not visit a restaurant - there's no need when food is this good and costs less than a pound.