Wednesday, May 7, 2014

A Melting Pot of East and West

Georgetown in Malaysia was the first stop (minus a whistle-stop tour of Hong Kong and a brief flying visit to Kuala Lumpur) on my Asian stint and it was the perfect reprieve after a busy, manic few months back home.

Life here took a slower pace, except when on the road, and that suited me just fine.

We didn't do much whilst we were here, bar finding another excuse to sample more of the gastronomic delights Georgetown has to offer (more on that in a later post) and wandering around the town. Our daily routine comprised of: Eat. Wander. Sleep. Repeat. And I don't regret it one bit. We did fit in one excursion but otherwise, Georgetown had more than enough to keep us occupied!

I've probably mentioned before but I'm not great at doing the touristy activities that I probably should be doing. Instead, I prefer to walk around, to use a massive cliché, to get the 'feel' of a place. Georgetown is great wandering fodder and the town is just so beautiful.

Luckily, it's an UNESCO recognised site so the town should remain as it is or least be preserved as it is as its charm lies in the fact that its aesthetics are unlike anywhere I've seen before. Georgetown has such a mixture of colonial architecture with Chinese, Malay and Indian influences that finding words and photos that do it justice is difficult. The only phrase I could find to describe Georgetown and I shudder to think that I will actually put it in writing is 'shabby chic' (second cliché of the day.) The mixture of colonial architecture alongside Chinese culture and street art reminded me a lot of Getsemaní in Cartagena. Georgetown is a battered relic but airbrushing the town would only lose the beauty of it.

Have you been to Georgetown? Where is your favourite UNESCO site?

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