Aug 8, 2009
Today started off with a tour of the local boat building yards up the river from our marina. Local shipwrights have spent hundreds of years perfecting the slow process of constructing wooden boats built completely by hand using plans that exist only in their minds. They were pleased to share some of their creations with our students as we toured several yards throughout the morning. Most ventured into the town for lunch, sampling local Malay cuisine or food from street markets then afterward exploring the town and soaking up the rich local culture. This part of Malaysia is one of the most conservative Islamic areas in the country and out of respect we cover our legs and shoulders, this can get warm in temperatures approaching 100 degrees! Luckily the marina has a sizeable infinity pool where we could cool off after a long day of exploring. In the evening we revisited Americana with burgers and fries from the barbecue grill and an evening of storytelling and fellowship on the dock.