0033 Ramadan in the Jungle (Mal 005—new)

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                Day 019: 8 hours, 2.1 kms

The next city to the north is Alor Star,  a city with a bustling commercial district with a several large indoor markets… It’s raining again, and I have no place to leave my guitar, so it’s good to be able to do some indoor exploring.

Finally the rain stops and I head out to explore the town… I find a nice little plaza in front of an old library and and near a beautiful mosque… It’s the first day of Ramadan--  I’m not quite sure how people are going to react to my performances, so I decide to be a bit discreet… I do get one or two disapproving looks from passerbys but that’s about it…

I’m a bit intrigued by how Islam is practiced here in Malaysia.  Islam began in the desert and it seems to generally cater to desert cultures more… In many African countries, for example, the drier areas are predominantly Muslim and the wetter areas are predominantly Christian.  But Malaysia is all jungle--  and it’s mostly a Muslim country… Hopefully I’ll be able to learn more before my trip is over…

I see a lot of guys in long robes and a lot of guys trying--  unsuccessfully, I must say--  to grow beards… And today on the first of Ramadan, Mcdonald’s seems to be doing a lot of business… but on closer look, it’s all just mothers buying lunch for their children…. So it seems people take their faith quite seriously here.


It’s overall a nice little city with a pleasant park with a pond and a carved wooden bridge... but nothing really super memorable about it…

I decide I’ll go ahead and head on up the road and into Thailand.  I can explore Malaysia some more on my way back.

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