Something familiar, something new; Skype in an Indian classroom and farewell to rally friends

Being back in Langkawi felt a little like going home. Everything felt quite familiar and comfortable – which shops to go to stock up, where to hire a car, where to leave the dinghy, the place to buy the best bread, the cheapest place to buy wine, where to have dinner, where the quietest and prettiest beaches were etc etc. 

Good to be back in Langkawi

One of the pretty beaches

There were still new things to explore however – a great restaurant with rally friends Rita and Dave, the Langkawi eagle, and The Langkawi Cable Car which takes visitors up to the peak of Gunung Mat Chinchang, to name but a few. 

The Wonderland Food Store in Langkawi. Watch the chefs cooking and then eat the delicious food. The place was packed!

Langkawi means the place of the reddish-brown eagle in colloquial Malay. This 12 metre statue sits next to the jetty at Kuah

The Langkawi Cable car is the steepest of its kind in the world and rises more than 700 metres above sea level.

One of the cable cars high up above the forest floor

One of the highlights of our stay  in Langkawi this time was participating in two Skype sessions with the Genesis School, Noida, where our daughter teaches drama, Western vocal music and English as a Second Language. 

Class 2 ask us questions about rain forests – we are on a huge screen and the class is on our tiny phone screen!

The students had been learning about rain forests and we were asked to talk to them and answer questions about the importance of rain forests. 

Each student had the chance to ask a question

Such a strange feeling being at anchor, talking to classes of 25 six and seven year olds, with us projected onto a large screen in their schoolroom. 

The children were delightful, asking really thoughtful questions and delighted to be shown round the boat and to see the sea around us and the tree covered hills on land. 

Naughty monkeys we met en route to the cable car

With wild weather predicted we decided to take a berth at Telaga Harbour Marina for a few days rather than battle high seas, strong winds and lashing rain. Fortunately there was a berth going spare. 
Wild weather ahead

Threatening sky

Telaga Harbour Marina

The daily charges are quite modest compared with some marinas and it is in a lovely location, conveniently located near the offices of the customs/ immigration/ harbour master. 

The Customs/ Immigration building

However, the marina is rather run down, with missing cleats, broken and rotten boards on the walkways and a generally disheveled appearance. 

Sunset At Telaga Harbour Marina

The delay in leaving meant we would have to make a last minute dash for Phuket as our friends were due to arrive in just a few days time. As usual the trip to Phuket would be a bit rushed and rather fraught. 

Night falls

However, we were pleased that we made the decision to avoid the predicted bad weather because it meant we had time to catch up with Sara and Chris who had sailed their boat Tulu for the last time, delivering her to her new owner at Telaga.

Chris and Sara on Tulu

Farewell to Chris and Sara

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Salty tales from Bali Hai

In 2015, after a break from cruising of almost 30 years, my husband and I sailed off into the sunset - this time to the wonderful Islands of Indonesia and beyond. Three years passed and we swapped sails for wheels driving through Scandinavia and Europe in a motor home. Now we are on the brink of another adventure - buying a Lagoon 420 Catamaran in Athens. This is our story.

2 thoughts on “Something familiar, something new; Skype in an Indian classroom and farewell to rally friends”

  1. Hi Dot,

    Hallo there from Barcelona! I still enjoy your Salty tales and loved the bit about the Skype lesson. School is certainly not boring with your daughter in charge!

    I walked half the Camino with a friend, the stretch from St Jean de Pied de Port to León in the north of Spain. I have a few days in Barcelona to enjoy Gaudi and then a stop in Ravenna before heading home.

    Safe sailing and thanks for your tales! It is so much better than a facebook!


    1. Oh how lovely to be in beautiful Barcelona. We were there in April and had a great time. Congratulations on walking half the Camino trail, what a wonderful achievement and such an experience. Hope you had a safe trip home. Thanks for reading the blog Madeleine!


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