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rain 30 °C

26 hours after leaving the Old Mill with a very fragile mother, I have arrived in KK. The journey was indeed long and somewhat cumbersome although it did have it its highlights. Anyone who doesn't like travelling long haul is quite frankly stupid- a selection of fine movies (I managed to watch From Paris With Love, Invictus, Shutter Island, Valentine's Day (light relief!), The Office, Premier League Years and to cap it off a 30 minute preview of England's world cup hopes, which was quite frankly, hilarious coupled with decent food and drink, all available without even having to move from the comfort of your seat. Not even the 80 year old indian man and his 4 year old grandson in the seats next to me were going to ruin that, even though I had to change the channels for both of them every time they wanted to watch something else.

I didn't manage to sleep on the plane as that would have wasted valuable entertainment time and so by the time I landed in KL I was pretty much dead to the world. Luckily the wait wasn't too long, and I was soon on the next flight with another meal sat in front of me, this time not so appealing. One flight was quite enough. Managed to have a micronap for about 30 mins before we landed. Melanie, a research fellow at the Marine Research Foundation where I will be based (http://mrf-asia.org) met me at arrivals along with Gillian, a girl from Scotland who is out there doing the same as me. We drove to the hostel so I could drop off my bags and have a quick turn around. Hostel room is decent, £5 a night although don't get much for it. It is airconditioned at least and there are some friendly ants kicking around the place.

I then went up to the offices and met Nick, the guy in charge of the whole operation. He's British and really sound, will definitely be able to get on well with him. He's outlined what we're going to be doing- as well as doing the turtle excluder device project, which is likely to be the main one, we've got 3 other projects. We're on alert with this chartered plane company who could ring us up at any time in the next few days and we're going to go up in the plane looking for Leatherback turtles and doing some counts from the air, which should be slightly if not totally awesome. We're also going to be doing some collection of invertebrates for something (can't remember what in my delusion tired state) but looking forward to diving nonetheless! That will be off a 42 foot 3 cabin catamaran by the way, if you're not jealous enough yet. Finally we're going to be looking at turtle behaviour off nesting beaches in the water, specifically seeing what the males are upto. Which apparently means jumping on turtles off a boat to catch them and sex them which should be fun! I'll be able to explain in more detail when I actually do it.

Anyway, since then we grabbed some lunch which was delicious, there are about a billion places to eat and they all look amazing. It's been hammering it down with rain for the last two hours so just waiting for that to stop now so I can go for a wander. Although all I want to do is sleep really. It's been a long time. 16.00 here at the moment so you're probably all just rising. This is the lovely rainy view from the room large_PC153775.jpg Anyway, I'm going to continue to struggle to stay awake. speak soon x

Posted by mburgass 01:08

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Mike - so amazing to read your blog - so relieved to hear you got there safely - and enjoyed your usual past time of doing nothing!!!!! Keep putting on photos. Love you loads.xxxx

by Jane Burgass

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