Well here is the last of the vacation emails. The link above gets you to the
last 6 sets of pictures.
The end of India shows Chennai, India. I took a day after recovering from
being sick and toured with Nara's Aunty Rajie. Amongst the places we went
was the beach where several thousand Indian's lost their life during the
Boxing Day Tsunami. Some of the buildings there still showed signs of
damage. While there I also saw St. Thomas Basilica where tradition holds
that the Apostle Thomas is buried. According to the stories he came there to
spread the word after Christ's Crucifixion. He was killed in India and
buried there near the beach.
That night I flew back to Malaysia. Most of my time there was spent relaxing
and really unwinding. I toured Kuala Lumpur which I had been too before. The
first thing that amazed me is how much had changed. There is so much
building going on in Malaysia that from the airport to the city center is
one huge construction area. In fact the housing area where Sanya and Adrian
now life did not exist when I last visited 5 years ago!
I did some tours of the "Colonial" District and Chinatown following the
Lonely Planet guidebook (as did every other westerner I saw as they all had
the same book as I did in hand).
We took a side trip down to Melaka on the southwest coast of the country. It
was a lovely day and we had a nice time strolling the old streets. The girls
got a great big kick out of the "pirate ship" just like from Pirates of the
Caribbean. The ship was a replica of a trading ship used by the Dutch and
inside was a maritime museum of nautical history.
Tossed into the mix were a couple social events with family and friends of
Adrian and Sanya. We had Italian food that was quite nice one night and then
also BBQ Malaysian style. My only regret was not trying the fish!
Well hope everyone enjoyed the pictures. I'll go back in a few years to
update these with some better ones.
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