The cab will pick us up at 3:30 this afternoon for the drive back to Kuala Lumpur, where we'll catch our flight to Ho Chi Minh City. We should be at our hotel around 10, I think, and tomorrow morning we head out to the sampan for our cruise through the Mekong Delta. Although I've been surprised by this kind of thing in the past, I don't expect we'll have online access for those days, and in fact we may not be back online until we're at home in NYC.
My summary $0.02 about Melaka: blech. Me no likey. Yesterday we took the "heritage walk" which meant a walking tour in the blazing equatorial sun around old churches and graveyards. We even went to the mall just to have something to do, and I kind of think that'll characterize my take-away sense of Melaka. I was thinking what a shame it is that their wonderfully rich heritage is gone in a blaze of plastic trinkets, but then again that's what we think about other people's interesting heritages even as we do the same with our own. The native American history of NYC...where is that, again? And the early Dutch settlers....where is that stuff again, other than in a plaque here or there? Instead we have giant skyscrapers and Times Square. So rich heritage makes way for temporary plastic crap all around the world, including Melaka.
|one of the main sights: Christ Church, Melaka. I know.|
|a neat gate to Jonker Street, near our hotel|
|the details on the old Dutch gravestones were cool|
|they were really quite lovely, for gravestones|
|people were always "falling asleep piously to the lord" -- and at quite young ages, too.|
If we can get online over the next few days I'll be back! But if I'm not back, it's because there is no Internet where we are, and I'll do a giant photo post of the Mekong Delta trip asap.