But fear not, I am on the upswing. I am beginning to feel my feet on the ground again. Three new posts per week begins now. Look out . . .
First up? Fall Break in Borneo . . .
Would you believe I was still peeling last week from the crazy-ass sunburn I got while in Borneo? I've been home now for 5 weeks. The sun was by far hotter in Kota Kinabalu than any other place I've been in Southeast Asia. But it was absolutely gorgeous. Breathtaking, really . . .
I arrived to the condo I booked via AirBNB around 10pm. So the first chance I got to really take in my surroundings was the following day. And the views were absolutely spectacular from my room. I was surrounded by mountains and right on the beach. I mean . . . Literally right on the beach: the water came up to the wall by the pool. You can see the view from my bedroom window in the first picture posted above. It was magical.
My condo was a bit dated and reminded me of a hotel, but the location was so remote that I really enjoyed the privacy. The first thing I did was take a 20 minute walk along the beach to a nearby resort for breakfast. The breakfast buffets in Asia are always completely over-the-top. No one could possibly eat all of the food that they put out. There is always a fabulous mix of Western, Indian, Japanese, and Chinese dishes available, alongside several fresh juices (my favorite is always Mango) and lots of fruit (dragon fruit seems to be always be a top choice). I always fill my plate with a mixture of Indian and Western goodness. This particular resort had a pet monitor lizard. He was giant and liked fruit. (I soon found out that they were everywhere in Borneo . . . Everywhere!)
Around noon, my driver came to pick me up. He was taking me to this little place along the river where I could take a boat ride to see monkeys and fireflies. It was called the "Firefly Cruise", but that was a bit of an overstatement.
Then we all put on bright orange life vests and piled in the boat. I was the only English speaker. So I sort of had to figure out what "look over there" sounded like in Chinese . . . And pay close attention to the gestures of the other people in the boat for me to know where to look and what I was supposed to be looking at.
Following our several monkey sightings, we pulled up to a little dock for dinner. After that, we piled back in the boat for our firefly trip. Apparently when the fireflies are out, it lights up the banks of the river in an amazing display. They don't flicker like fireflies in the States. Their lights stay on, so there is a continuous glow.