31.08.2012 - 01.09.2012
After months and months of planning, researching and booking, the day finally arrived! With our lives squeezed in to our backpacks, off we headed to Heathrow on Friday morning. Check in went smoothly and between us we only had 30 kgs of luggage. I surprised both myself and Ken by fitting everything into my backpack. Ken had serious doubts over the past few months about my ability to travel light! Let me tell you though , 17 kgs on your back does not feel light. While waiting for the bus from home to the station, I had already vowed to shed baggage weight when we got to Malaysia!
After a delayed departure from Heathrow,we were off! A very long 12 hours and no sleep later,we arrived in Kuala Lumpur. With just enough time for a quick coffee, we were back in the air for our connecting flight to Kuching, Borneo.
A short taxi ride was all it took to get us to our hostel. At first glance Wo Jia Lodge looked like a dive. We looked at each other ,took a deep breath and rang the bell. We nervously climbed the narrow wooden staircase, not quite sure what to expect. Halfway up the stairs to the left was a doorway through which we saw the reception desk. Hesitantly we entered the room to check in. The friendly guy at reception gave us our room keys and directed us up the second flight of stairs. We found our room and opened the door,only to be met by a wall of heat - it felt like we had opened an oven door! Our worries melted away as soon as we saw that there was aircon. Within minutes both the room and ourselves were chilled. After the shaky start,we are loving our new little home for a few days -what a gem of a hostel!
So here we are, at the end of our first full day of our travels. It feels like we are on a long weekend away- it hasn't quite sunken in yet that we are doing the whole travelling thing. We are off to see the orangutans at Semenggoh Nature Reserve early in the morning. This is the main reason why we are in Borneo, as it has always been on Ken's bucket list.
We just wanted to let you all know that we are here safe and sound and loving the fact that we have no worries or stresses at the moment! This definitely beats the usual Sunday night blues!
That's it for now - let us explore the jungle, beaches and mangrove swamps for a few days and we will report back to you in a few days with news of our Borneo adventures.