You'd think 3 middle aged ladies checking into a posh hotel would be a relatively straight forward affair. Not so. We had rooms on 11th & 14th floor and lifts would only stop at the floor on your card. As one person appeared on a floor out of one of the lifts, another dissapeared into one of the other 4 lifts. We spent 2 hours chasing each other & our luggage up & down the hotel. It was just like a Brian Rix farce. Eventually all the luggage ended up in the correct room on the correct floor & we collapsed into a sweaty heap into the very chilled out bar.
So we have arrived in Kuching ready to party with the crowds to celebrate the Lunar New Year .... but Kuching is CLOSED! Everyone has gone away to celebrate with their families and the town is dead! In addition it is raining - heavily!!
No matter. We managed to explore this pretty very small city & did get a spectacular firweork display that started at around 7pm & continued until well after midnight.
Anticipation built up over breakfast on Lunar New Year Day as we waited for the Lion Dance to start (the hotel had warned us not to be frightned!). We were a little underwhelmed when the lions arrived in an old furniture van but they did put on a fine display.
We had a long & wet wait at a bus stop for a bus that never came before taking solace in another bar but eventually found the on e & only travel agent working so booked up a couple of busy days to keep us out of michief (& the bar).
Todays trip was supposed to be to a national park & waterfalls but our Johnny Depp look alike guide took one look at us sheltering in the hotel foyer from the monsoon rain & declared the trip to dangerous (poor guy I bet he wondered what he had done to deserve us). He did however do some rapid re-scheduling & took us instead to an animal sanctuary (the orangutans were adorable), some rapids, a long lunch. a beach & a fishing village so all was well.
Amy arrived last night & we were talking until after 4.30am catching up on various adventures.
Tomorrow hopefully more orangutans