Spiritual, Cultural, Political Exchange Thing

It’s precisely 4am as I’m writing this. I just finished my second book of the week whilst sitting on a train from Kuala Lumpur to Penang. It’s pitch black outside, with the odd street light passing by as an exception. The book I just finished on the train was Starter for Ten by David Nicholls. Something I’m sure a lot of guys can relate to if they’ve been to University, it’s a story about a kid called Brian and his first year of romance and pitfalls at University while he desperately tries to get on The University Challenge. I finished reading it with mixed emotions. It was good but it brought back a lot of memories from University, and quite fitting too being in Malaysia (but maybe that’s a story for another time).

It’s funny too because even just on my carriage, there’s all sorts. Ranging from the locals going from one place to another, to a hippie who insists on walking barefoot everywhere (I don’t even think he has any shoes to begin with), to the upper-class Tory boys sat at the front, spending some sort of inheritance money on this spiritual, cultural, political exchange thing whilst on their gap yah, and chundering everywhere as they do so.

The air conditioning is on full blast and combine that with the cramped spaces, it’s hard to sleep. I have another hour before arriving in Butterworth to meet my friend I haven’t seen in a long time. I’m tired but excited. This trip has given me a lot of time to think, reminisce, and to figure out my future. The latter is always difficult but at least I’m trying. Reading that book and seeing those boys, I too feel like an intellectual Tory boy on his exchange thing, just without any money. Oh dear…

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