Location: Penang, Malaysia
Today we awoke anchored outside of Penang, Malaysia, in a small city called Georgetown. The Argo crew was looking forward to getting onshore but first had a morning class to focus through. Once ashore, it was easy to tell that people had a wide range of possibilities but a wider range of priorities. Penang has great temples, wonderful food markets, and great hiking in droves. The typical Argo crew member, however, started out with a cup of coffee (not me; I had some cake instead) and a sprint to the nearest internet cafe. Then the cultured and diverse crew proceeded to drink coffee, check Facebook and ESPN, and email home. From there, once well-caffeinated and full of cake, the crew went their separate ways. Some took a tram to the top of Penang hill. One group visited a mansion and Fort Cornwallis. Others went to the reclining Buddha temple, displaying a 90 ft Buddha just lying on his side. A few braved the Malaysian bus system and went a couple of hours outside the city to a WWII prisoner of war camp boasting 70-year-old turrets and air-raid shelters. And lastly, some decided to hit the mall and go see a movie. All in all, the crew were happy to get on land for a few hours and explore at their own pace and personal preference.