Last night I had a nightmare that our room was crawling with cockroaches and woke up about 1am with my heart racing. The revenge of the roaches. Although I went back to sleep quickly I felt tired this morning and we didn’t get up until 9.
After breakfast we spend an hour doing science we’re trying to complete the topic of the human body but it seems to be taking ages and we will be glad to move onto something different. We then discuss our plans for our jungle trip. Maisie is adamant that she doesn’t want to go rafting and we work out that it will probably be cheaper if we arrange it all independently rather than joining an organised tour.
We have decided that we are spending too much money and are going to try more budget accommodation. Whether this is a good idea in the jungle I don’t know but as it will only be for 2 or 3 nights I’m sure it will be ok. We have a minimum standard that we will go to and that basically means no sharing rooms/toilet with other people. The next request on the list is a window but we will go without that if necessary.
We have planned to visit the bird park later and we stop at a cafe and have lunch first.
Next we make for the biggest and busiest internet cafe I’ve seen. It is unbelievably noisy with 50 or so school boys playing a fighting game on the computers and after an hour of checking and replying to loads of emails from our friends and family I’m glad to get out of there.
We have a wander up the road through Petaling Street. This should be a good place to buy Ali a pair of trousers but due to a slight difference of opinion as to what constitutes appropriate jungle wear we come away empty handed. Apart from Ali we all have good trousers, but as he didn’t want to come shopping prior to the trip either, his only pair are very thick and baggy. I have tried to talk him about leeches but style is of course, far more important and what do I know anyway?
We give the bird park a miss as it is looking very overcast and walk back to our hotel, we then spend a few hours lazing around and planning some stuff to do over the next few weeks. We decide to book the bus to take us to Taman Negara and ring ahead and arrange some accommodation. As we will be leaving in the morning at 8.30, I pack up our rucksacks so we don’t have to get up too early.
Its 8pm and Ai has now decided that he would like to buy the trousers that we saw earlier. All it took was a bit of discussion amongst Simon and I about how wet and muddy we will get caving/ rafting/ walking etc and he announced perhaps he was being a bit awkward after all earlier!
We also buy insect repellent, knock down spray, a torch and tigerbalm (apparently makes leeches drop off). Can’t make up my mind if I’m more or less nervous now!
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