So I am sat out on the deck no-one else is up and about yet so it’s very peaceful! It took a while for it to sink in that we were actually in Borneo yesterday, we were running on very little sleep, but we are here and it is beautiful. We are only a short walk from the ocean and are basically in the city centre. We walked around and took in the sights, the one sad thing is the plastic in the ocean, a great reminder of the perils of convenience and development, plastic bags and plastic bottles litter the waters at the coastline, but once you look past the mess that people are making the nature is amazing. Islands just seem to be dotted everywhere. The sun has some bite in her, it was hot, but that’s not a complaint, especially after the last few months of rain in Brisbane. It was only a matter of minutes before you felt the sting on your skin so shade chasing becomes a bit of a pastime while out and about.
Our accommodation is basic but clean, pleasant and convenient and ultimately that is what we wanted. The showers are outside on the deck, which initially we thought ooooh ok! But the water runs and the door closes and the outcome is the same you feel fresh and ready to take on the day – so now I am a bit of a fan of the old outdoor shower 🙂 our bed is comfortable and we had a good nights sleep, which is what the accommodation is about really, nothing else, just somewhere to lay your head!
Other than wandering and chatting it really was a wind down, settle in and catch up on rest day. Our biggest dilemma still remains “do we travel to the east coast tomorrow?” The travel warnings remain as “do not travel” yet here in KK it is difficult to believe what is happening in the Lahad Datu area. We have spoken to some people who suggest it is safe, there will be road blocks between Tawau and Semporna but not to worry, once we are over on the island we will be fine. The news is saying that Malaysia have rejected ceasefire calls and will do what it needs to do! Our understanding is that there have been no further military strikes but they are not ruled out! So it is a bit of a fact finding mission before we make our decision – that said the scuba diving off Kota is supposed to be great too so that is the back up scuba plan. We met a couple from Holland and they explained they had been staying in the area of Sandakan, our plans for Thursday, they explained they left because of a sense of unease. we met another guy who had been evacuated from Semporna, but said that was his employers decision not his, so it seems that unfortunately this is not a journey of just get on with it but one of thinking it through before we go anywhere outside of Kota Kinabalu. Conflicting stories make it difficult, we hear “you will be safe, go,and enjoy” through to “the people are leaving, everything is closed.”
So bottom line at this moment is we are enjoying every minute so far but we do have decisions to make. We are heading out today to see what is on offer, might be snorkeling, might be trekking but whatever, it doesn’t matter, we are in Borneo!