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Brunei

A journey to the other side

sunny 30 °C

The big day of departure was finally upon us and we left for Heathrow after several days of frantically trying to to prepare ourselves for our big trip. After a 17 hour plane journey we landed in Brunei for a 12 hour stop over. We headed out into the 30 degree heat of the city and spent several hours wandering around, bleary eyed after not having slept properly. Bandar Seri Begawan (the capital of Brunei) is a place unlike any other place I have been; incredible wealth with gold roofs on many of the mosques and government buildings but juxtaposed with real poverty as well, and all surrounded by dense rainforest. The most interesting part of the day was a trip to the water village where thousands of homes are built on stilts in a lake, several hundred metres off the mainland. We took a water taxi over and spent a couple of hours wandering along the narrow paths and bridges which run through the village, and chatting to some of the locals who all seemed very friendly.

Water village

Water village

giving in to jetlag

giving in to jetlag

In the afternoon we headed back to the airport where i came across the culinary highlight of the trip so far; a tuna sandwich on multi coloured dayglo bread. Genius.

radioactive sandwich

radioactive sandwich

Posted by roblewis 19:36 Archived in Brunei Tagged water village cuisine jetlag journey plane_trip stop_over Comments (1)

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