The former Hin Bus Depot in downtown George Town, Penang, Malaysia, was transformed at some point into art galleries, exhibition and performance spaces, cafes, shops and workspaces, and it's become one of my favorite stops over the past few weeks.
Billed as a "community art space," the rustic old depot has wonderfully provocative art works large and small on exhibit, great food, a large space in which to relax and enjoy the surroundings, music, entertainment and a terrific food and crafts market on Sunday afternoons.
I even had my first taste of healthy, delicious kefir, a fermented, probiotic-rich drink made of water or milk, since I used to make it myself in Hawaii before I started traveling. I've been to more than a couple of dozen countries and this is the first time I've seen kefir. They make it with a water base here and it gets fizzy like soda. I use to make mine with milk products. It's all good stuff. Check out the Pharm Hut here.
I found Depot relaxing and fun, a great place to while away some time in the heart of the city. I recommend it if you're visiting Penang. Here are a few photos:
Quotes For A Good Life On The Road
"Smile a lot, talk to strangers, accept all invitations, eat everything offered.”
-- Sage advice from Rita Golden Gelman, author of Tales of a Female Nomad, an inspiring story of how a dramatic change of life led to her travels around the world, one of the first books I read on my journey. Now see my complete collection of travel quotes online by clicking "Quotes For The Road" under "More" in the menu above.
Solas "Best Travel Writing" Awards
Saysha: What Happened?
13th Annual Solas Awards for Best Travel Writing
(Read it here)
Who Am I?
I'm a retired journalist from Hawaii who tired quickly of retirement and hit the road as a slow, solo world traveler in August 2016. I've spent time in 19 countries on four continents and right now I'm enjoying life on the Island of Crete, Greece.
I've been interviewed about my travels by Nomadic Matt, and Expat Focus, and here's a great story by veteran Borneo newsman and prolific author James Ritchie about our meeting in Kuching, titled, A Confluence of Adventure Writers .
Also online ...
GARIFUNA SETTLEMENT DAY
Still the most authentic, lively and colorful local cultural festival I've seen on the road.
I found this Alternative Arts and Music Festival in the Amazon highlands of Peru. What a find!
Here's how I found a friend and discovered what's real in a Lima, Peru, neighborhood.
My partner and I were left high and dry in this Siem Reap Rip. Be careful!