Thursday, September 9, 2010

Visiting a World Heritage Site: Penang Island, Malaysia

Penang Island off the peninsular Malaysia is a piece of land filled with great history and rich experiences. The Island served as an early mixing pot for various cultures and peoples as the Spice Trade and other trade routes were established. Just two days walking the streets of Georgetown, the Harrington's were able to identify influences of: the United Kingdom, China, India, Christians, Muslims, and Buddhists. Buildings showcased a wide variety of architecture, many places of worship had been established and the food (oh! the food! so Amazing, it will earn it's own article) was delicious and of many influences.
For the Harrington's one day was filled with checking out the sights and flavors of Penang while the following was focused on getting from Penang Island to Kuala Lumput in order to catch a flight and begin a long trek back to the USA to apply for work visas. Their day of exploration led them first to a lovely old Christian Cemetary where they enjoyed reading the headstones, standing under the shade of large trees and taking a few photos. With no particular place to go, the Harrington's continued on their way stopping for water and Coke at a large park near the Beach and an old Fort. Enjoying the opportunity to watch Malaysian children play in the park as well as a group of young boys playing with tops (and managing some AMAZING tricks) - Mike and Melissa Harrington eventually made thier way into the grounds of the old Fort Cornwallis. Mike read signs and learned some details about the area whereas Melissa simply looked around and took a few photos.

While in Georgetown, Penang the couple also enjoyed a couple movie outings: Inception and Salt. Even when in a foreign and exciting land - a good dose of your native language and air-conditioning on a hot evening is a welcome luxury.

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