We are only a cheap plane flight and one hour from Kuala Lumpur, so we had to visit!! After teaching, writing, and researching our tails off the first few weeks of the semester, we needed a break. Taking advantage of the Chinese New Year holiday, we took a whirlwind trip to KL from 9-12 February.
Here's what I've discovered. I hate touristy crap. I LOVE culture, music, art nature, architecture, and off-the-beaten path experiences. I LOVE learning how to communicate, navigate, and eat my way through new places.
Kuala Lumpur was a little mix of all of the above.
Touristy Crap = KL Tower, Central Market, Chinatown, a group of really rude tourists (who were not American, by the way), and the rotating restaurant (the view was good, but the food was horrible).
The Good Stuff = Quickly mastering the city train system, negotiating cab fares, touring the Petronas Twin Towers, riding the high speed train from the airport to KL Sentral, Jalan Alor, Batu Caves, shopping for books, riding the indoor roller coaster with Vagababe (no doubt the highlight of her trip), wondering around the botanical gardens, Chinese New Year celebrations including lion dances and fireworks, and experiencing the food, people, smells, and sights.
We packed a lot into our 3 days in KL!! Our trip was cut a little short because our airline canceled our flight. We had to make an earlier flight or wait until the next day. I've never seen three people shower and pack that fast! As a family, we have become expert travelers and can definitely roll with the punches. Our cab driver was great too. He got us to the airport in 45 minutes, 15 minutes faster than usual. I think from now on, KL will be a stop-over as we venture to other parts of Southeast Asia, but I am glad we were able to explore this city.