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Kota Kinabalu

sunny 34 °C
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Since we arrived in KK, we managed to get ourselves into the city via public transport and find beds for the night all by ourselves! It's still hot and humid here, but it's a small town with a nice vibe and an excellent waterfront night market which has been feeding us very well! The night market is a normal market that starts at about 4.30pm and sells fruit veg and fish (some of which we didn't recognise at all), and lots of food hawkers with outdoor tables. We just find a seat, order some nice food from the people, who cook it there and then, and bring it to you. All for not very much money.

We have just completed our PADI Advanced Open Water scuba qualifications, which basically means we have spent the last two days sailing round tropical islands to some awesome dive sites in the local marine conservation park. We've seen loads of cool things: two hawksbill turtles, a puffer fish, moray eel, lionfish, barracuda, a juvenile sweetlips, an eel garden, and lots of Nemos! But this is just the warm-up act for Sipadan Island, which we are diving off next week.

We also went to the museum - a short walk that seemed quite long in the heat. On the way we stopped off at the Sacred Heart Cathedral and managed to get in - we tried a church in Delhi, but it was closed and we couldn't find the church in KL, so this is our first success. After that we went to the Heritage Village, which is part of the museum. It was really good - a collection of traditional tribal houses that show how different peoples traditionally live.

Just one day left here as we're getting an overnight bus across Sabah to Semporna tomorrow. Ready for more diving.

Joe and Claire.

P.S. You may be interested to know that we have now burnt, the water and sun combined got the best of us, but we've managed just a gentle pink.

Posted by ClaireJoe 05:56 Archived in Malaysia

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