Malaysia

14 Nov

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I had heard it was going to be complicated to get to Burma but for over a year it had been my dream destination. “The people”, Seth said, “you must go”.  So I found a Burmese Embassy to visit in Kuala Lumper (on mainland Malaysia), and planned a time to purse the ministry in order to attain the document which would allow me 30 days of travel inside that majestic country.

The visa, a loaded words like abortion or taxes — Your paperwork must be in order, it’s time consuming, expensive, there are multiple kinds depending on where you’re from and how much money you have, and it’s wildly tempting to hire an expert instead of doing it yourself.

I allotted 3 weeks to court the consulate.

My train from Singapore arrived in Malaysia at 7am where, after spending several hours trying to exchange Australian dollars (which no one there had heard of) into ringgits (which everyone there had heard of), I headed to the embassy where I showed my ID, spent more time waiting than anything else, filled out paperwork, waited, presented paperwork, waited, left for the night, came back, took pictures, photocopied documents, printed documents, bought lunch around the corner, handed over my passport, paid, smiled, and waited.

Shockingly, the entire process took only 3 days and I gained approval for entry. I was elated!!  I felt like I had taken a dip but somehow managed to stay dry.  I decided to use the rest of my weeks exploring (and eating in) this Muslim country before heading to the land of Golden Pagodas.  I packed my backpack and my precious passport.  Here are a few pictures from my journey:

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hot, sweet, traditional dessert.

It was mango season, for those of you who know what that means to me.  

Also, it was mango season. For those of those of you who know what that means to me.

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Cool(ish) air, great outdoors, and all the tea leaves a girl could want.

I settled in the Cameroon Highlands for almost a week, hiking, writing, picking strawberries, catching bugs, running in the rain, learning about tea plantations, and visiting a moss forest (!).

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White, green, and black tea all come from the same plant — the difference is when and how the leaves are harvested.

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hitchhiked to a remote rock climbing spot (i.e. over grown)

I hitchhiked to a remote (read: overgrown) rock climbing spot, stayed in Kota Bharu, Malaysia’s most socially conservative city, dressed like a local but still didn’t fit in, caught a ride with a brave, single woman teaching maths at the local University, toured around with a friendly bloke who bribed a police officer to get out of a ticket, met the sweet, talented, champion yo-yoer, KJ in KL, (shout out to our link, Kim!), and showed off my Burmese visa for anyone who showed interest.

Yes, there has been a lag time posting this blog, I’m working on remedying that.

Adventures are forever,

‘mi

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8 Responses to “Malaysia”

  1. kek34 November 15, 2015 at 12:10 am #

    Still amazed by you. Always will be. Xo

    • Sammi Travis November 25, 2015 at 5:43 am #

      You, Kat Krull, are incredibly kind. love love LOVE

  2. deekerson November 15, 2015 at 12:11 am #

    Thanks for posting. It has been too long since the last one. I miss reading your adventures.

    • Sammi Travis November 25, 2015 at 5:43 am #

      AH, yay!! I’m really going to try to get caught up by year’s end!
      Can’t wait for our Thanksgiving drive!!!

  3. cefect November 15, 2015 at 5:18 am #

    So far behind! Looking forward to hearing about Myanmar!

    • Sammi Travis November 25, 2015 at 5:42 am #

      Done. It was more pictures than anything — that country left quite an impression!! Thanks for sending me that way 🙂

  4. Jerry and Kathy Pitts November 15, 2015 at 6:57 pm #

    Sammi I am all confused I thought you were home in the USA I see things on Facebook that led me to believe you are home but I get this Blog that leads me to believe you just got to Burma which I loved that blog you need to date your adventures so we know the time line of your adventures and where you are ! You are hard girl to keep up with !!! Jerry 11/15/2015

    • Sammi Travis November 25, 2015 at 5:41 am #

      I’m back in America! Super delayed. Catching up before the year’s end. Keep reading and we’ll both be on the same page soon!!

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