We’ve been living in Germany for the past couple of years, and it gets pretty cold and bleak during the middle of winter, so Jim and I went looking for some sun for our Christmas vacation. Hmmm…maybe Asia! We decided to head to the rain forests of Borneo and smack dab in the middle of that huge island is the small country of Brunei Darussalam.
It’s so small we really didn’t know how much time to spend there, but finally decided on a little over a day. We filled our time nicely and truly enjoyed “the green heart of Borneo,” as their tagline suggests.
The capital city is Bandar Seri Begawan, small enough to easily walk around and gawk at the magnificence that oil revenues can produce. Pictured here is the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, which is known for its gilded minarets and replica of a 16th century barge, peaking through some palm trees on Pretty Street.
Even though it was a short visit, Brunei gave us everything we were looking for: great sights to visit, good food, sun, heat, and smiles as the Bruneians are an extremely friendly people.
Have you been to Brunei? What were your impressions of this tiny country?
Note about the A-Z Blogging Challenge: Yesterday, the challenge started off with a bang and there are some pretty fantastic bloggers showcasing their stuff!
Here are some I think you should check out: