When you're preparing for a vacation, there are certain things that you don't want to read in the news. One obvious one would be that your destination is Ground Zero for a potential pandemic. A second would be that the place where you are going has just been the scene of civil disturbances, including major anti-government protests and mass arrests (although it was fun to see our friend E. getting quoted in an article calling for the Malaysian government to play nice).
On another note entirely, you don't really want to check your itinerary and discover that the airline has unilaterally decided to cancel one leg of your trip — without informing you. It's a good thing that I did check, otherwise I'd be seeing a lot more of Delhi than I really wanted to.
All in all, good times. Nevertheless, here I go ...
It was night when we landed in New Delhi, and a huge gray-brown moon hung over the tarmac. We stood in the aisle of the plane for a long time before they opened the doors, while I fretted about making my connection. Eventually, they opened the door and I was able to exchange standing in a plane for standing in a bus, while the driver blew his horn to summon the dispatcher. When we finally moved off, he stalled the engine.
“Come on, man.” I thought.
“You must do this every day.”.
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- 10 August 2009
A small collection of photographs taken in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Perhentian Islands, Terengganu, Malaysia -- 12 August 2009
A small collection of photographs taken in the Perhentian Islands, Malaysia.
Perhentian Islands, Terengganu, Malaysia -- 13 August 2009
As soon as I jumped off the boat, I found myself surrounded by fish. They were small, with vertical black and white stripes, and they seemed entirely unafraid of the clumsy primate splashing awkwardly through their element. If I stretched out a hand towards one, it would give a little flick of its fins and put itself just out of my reach. Otherwise, they seemed entirely unperturbed by the sudden intrusion of masked and flippered humans into their world.
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