I am now in Penang, Malaysia. This is a photo from my balcony. I am finding everyone extremely helpful and there is a lot of enthusiasm for the research! Penang is an amazing place. The mix of cultures, the different foods, the explosion of smells and sounds, the amazing hawker stalls, the humble dwellings and plush condominiums, the heat and the downpours. The first stages of fieldwork are a time of simply taking it all in.