Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Kota Kinabalu, Borneo

Kota Kinabalu – the waterfront at sundown. Eleven hours from London to Hong Kong.

Landing at the airport we came down with water on one side, really close to the sea.

From the airport you could see lots of small fishing boats dancing on the water.

A quick change and then – three more hours – to Kota Kinabalu.

The heat hit me as I emerged from the airport and the verdant green of trees in full foliage, were a contrast to the still wintry trees in London.

In the evening we went down to the waterfront for dinner and stood and watched as a huge red sun dipped quickly below the horizon, as if being swallowed by the sea, leaving the landscape suffused with an orange red glow.

The next day we drove up through the hills towards Mount Kinabalu and then on to Poring Hot Springs.

The hills were coated in scrubby greenness, with coconut palm trees everywhere.

The roads were steep with constant hairpin bends and there were rare three lane sections where you could overtake slow lorries and buses.

Progress was tortuous. Dogs wandered freely everywhere many of them strays.

Shack-like open stalls lined the roadside selling all sorts of interesting beautiful fruits and vegetables and bags of snacks hanging from wooden beams, from honey coated sweet potato to deep fried spinach leaves.

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