Borneo Adventure 1
March 25, 2018
I’d just arrived in Kuching, which meant I was officially in Borneo. Kuching is a small sophisticated city and I already liked it more than I did Kuala Lumpur. Kuching is full of small alleys crammed with tiny shops and restaurants and dressed up with hanging Chinese lanterns. The city also sports a charming riverfront, though I hadn’t yet explored it much.
Flying into Kuching was impressive as you first see the cafe-au-lait rivers winding through thick jungle and then, bit by bit, buildings start to appear through the canopy and, finally, the jungle gives way to the city hugging the riverbank and spilling onto the other side of the waters. Standing in the heart of the city, you’d never guess the jungle was just a few hundred yards away, but it’s there, pressing, waiting.
I was sitting in one of the aforementioned alleys, awaiting my order or local noodle soup, made with bean sprouts, fish cakes and crab. The next morning I hoped to have laksa, the local specialty, for breakfast. It’s said that if you’ve never had laksa in Kuching, then you’ve simply never had laksa.
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