June 03, 2005


The Muslim culture here is so different from what I expected. All the women wear headscarves, but almost as an accessory, along with their jeans and t-shirts, as if they hardly know it's there. On motorcycles, the long fabric ripples behind them underneath the helmet. The younger girls especially, look so sweet with the scarf lightly wrapped around their faces and big brown eyes. They laugh with eachother and smile freely at strangers without feeling self conscious. They are really beautiful people and their acts of kindness are so genuine. On the bus, a girl came over to Mark and I to say "Welcome to Melaka. I hope you enjoy your stay here." Smiling, she quickly turned away and hopped off the bus. I couldn't believe it, when does that ever happen?! P

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