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Kuching Mosque

People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Julia (Russia), Robin (England), Marcus (Finland), Hannes (Sweden)

Arriving into Kuching bus station at 6.30am, we were confronted with taxi drivers offering us lifts and ticket offices telling us that the only way to get into town was to take a taxi. Thankfully we bumped into another westerner who had just caught the local bus to the bus station and pointed us in the right direction. Whilst waiting at the bus stop we met Robin, who i had dived with on Mabul, so we made our way together to the Anglican Diocesan Church Guest House, hoping that a good dose of Christianity would put me back in Gods good books.

Cat Statue

We spent the first day wondering around the town, getting our bearings and looking into how to get to Indonesia. We also ran into Hannes (who we had travelled with before on the trip) on the street with a Finnish guy called Marcus and arranged to meet up later on. After an afternoon cat nap, we called on Hannes and Marcus and they took us to a nice little eatery, where a can of Stella was only $0.85, pretty good for Malaysia. After several cans we finished the night in the funky Borneo BB, who served up some vile 'Monkey Juice' - basically rice wine - that had everyone falling off their chairs.

The following day Julia wasn't feeling too good, so Robin and I went for some lunch and a walk around the town. It was pretty hot and soon we decided that we needed to get inside and get a fix of A/C.

Robin, Me, Marcus and Hannes have our shooting skills assessed by a local youngster
We called on Julia and together went to watch the Fantastic 4 at the cinema, before rounding off our childish instincts with an hour in the games arcade. In the evening we went back to the eatery accompanied my Marcus and Hannes and once again ended up in Borneo BB playing a game of Hearts.

On Thursday Julia and I finally got our backsides into gear, got some passport photos, return bus tickets to Indonesia and photocopies of our credit cards and made our way to the consulate. Unfortunately our hour long walk was in vain as it had moved a few months previously, so we had to cross the entire town, picking up Robin en route and finally made it around 3pm. When we arrived the woman told us we should have come before 1pm, but after explaining what had happened, she gave us the application forms anyway.

Julia High 5's the famous Cat of Kuching
After completeing these though, she said the cashier had gone home and to come back on Friday before midday. We left a little bemused with how the day had gone, but soon cheered ourselves up with another visit to the games arcade!

Friday morning we arrived at the embassy at 11.15 and after filling out some additional forms and completing a letter on why we were visiting, handed in our application. After been told to wait, the woman appeared again at 11.50 and told us that our letter wasn't correct and to write another one. We began doing this, but at midday she came into the room and announced the consulate was closed. We figured she meant to anyone just arriving, not to us, as we had already handed in the core of our papers. We went back to her window at 12.

A view of Kuching
03 and she told us it really was shut as the cashier had just gone home! Therefore rather than getting our visas on Tuesday - when our bus tickets were booked for - they couldn't be done until Wednesday. She said that rather than coming back on Monday to re-submit the forms, she would actually have the decency to hold them for us and hand them in, a small mercy at least! We spent the rest of the day cursing to ourselves whilst catching up with some stuff on the internet and changing our bus tickets.

We spent Saturday chilling around the city, which is clean, friendly and vibrant, but we were still unmotivated by the museums that we kept meaning to go to! Kuching's nickname is the Cat City, it has many statues of them mostly at roundabouts, but even the prospect of visiting the cat museum couldn't stir our restless souls, so we didn't make the trek out to it.

A view of Kuching
We were already pretty bored with the city and especially the Malay cuisine in all honesty, which we found a bit too spicy for our weak pallets, but we had to wait around for our visas and we had also bought tickets to go to the final day of the Rainforest World Music Festival. We entertained oursleves in the evening by going to watch the new Harry Potter movie, which i found a little too like the Lord Of the Rings plot - Harry/Frodo takes on bad alone, but his trusty side kicks want to help him save the World. At the end he wins the battle but the war is still raging, still, he has his friends... Oh well, it kept Julia happy!

anjok says:
Heeey :)
Posted on: Jul 22, 2007
Deats says:
:) Then who's would i have ;)
Posted on: Jul 22, 2007
Vikram says:
Seriously.... GIVE ME YOUR LIFE!!!
Posted on: Jul 21, 2007
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Kuching Mosque
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A view of Kuching
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