Monday, 6th March 2017
We had a flight booked to Sandakan in the afternoon, so David and Andrey decided that we should visit either the state or the city mosque. We decided on the city mosque. On the way, we stopped at a posh shopping centre so that I could get a new battery for my camera. The surprising thing about this shopping centre was that they charged people to use the toilets!
After buying the battery, we walked along a seaside path to a park across a highway from the mosque. Getting across was a bit scary for me as I would rather ford a raging river than cross multiple lanes of traffic.
I was dressed modestly and had tucked my hair up under a baseball cap but it wasn’t sufficient. I learned ages ago that shoulders and knees should be covered when visiting churches, and more recently, I learned that similar attire is needed when visiting Buddhist temples but in order to visit this mosque, arms needed to be covered and I was wearing a short-sleeved T-shirt. Perhaps the ‘rules’ vary from country to country, or mosque to mosque. When I visited the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, I had to put a scarf over my head but I am not sure if the scarf covered my arms. I cannot honestly remember what I was wearing.