Penang is known as the food capital of Malaysia. Grant and I, being food motivated people through and through, were really excited to eat our faces off. Our hostel was located within Little India in the city of Penang. As a result, masala tea, roti, and curry smells wafted down the streets constantly. There was more than once we were planning on venturing out for some Chinese or Malaysian food, and ended up going for Indian because it smelled way too good to pass up.
Our goal was to try everything on the brochure we were handed day one. (This is the compressed version.)
One day we were there, we made it out to the other side of the island where the national park is located. We took a long (hot) hike to a lighthouse that gave us an amazing view of the coastline. We were also able to meet up with one of our friends from our island volunteering session! It was extremely hot during the hike, but the view at the end was worth the walk.
Most days were spent waking up early (usually between 6-7), walking around to grab some breakfast and check out the street art, hiding in the A/C during the afternoons, then heading back out for dinner and more wandering. It was too hot to be out in the heat of the day.
All in all, Penang was a great city that we enjoyed wandering throughout, slamming food, basking in A/C, and people watching.
Danielle and Grant