Back to China / Powrót do Chin

I’m leaving the place where the time has frozen (in a way), at least for local Chinese who are still cultivating old traditions, and head for modern amnesiac China, where they sometimes try to refresh their memories by going on a trip to places like Penang.

Just a stopover in Singapore (one of the most entertaining airports I have ever seen – better go through the security check as quickly as possible and use all those – mostly free of charge – benefits that the airport offers: video games, cinema room, gym…) and I’m already shaking the humid and cold hand of Shanghai. Luckily I’m bringing a backpack full of warm memories of my trip through Thailand (and through that little tasty bit of Malaysia)…

Z miejsca, w którym czas w pewnym sensie się zatrzymał, przynajmniej dla Chińczyków, którzy wciąż kultywują dawne tradycje, wracam do Chin współczesnych,…

The desert or a cherry on top of my travel cake is Penang – the island on West coast of Malaysia. I reach it after one day of hitch-hiking – it is slightly more difficult to practice it here as people really don’t understand what you mean; some others, though, are quite touching with their reactions: one Pakistani guy wanted to hand me money or even host me as he was convinced I would never reach my destination; I eventually got a great 7-hour ride with ultra-nice couple from Georgetown.

And this dessert is delicious indeed, multi-flavoured as Penang’s culture, history, architecture and cuisine. This island is no exception for the whole Malaysia either – the whole country is a mixture of cultures: Chinese, Indian and Malay. Ever since the country gained independence in 1963, efforts have been constantly made to create a harmonious and tolerant society, with much success. Only sometimes you can feel the…