Hot. sweaty, foot sore, tired...... and that's just Karina after a day traipsing around Kuala Lumpar, experiencing the underground & mono rail train systems and battling to cross the roads. Impressions of KL - beautiful modern sky-scrapers, mosques, temples, fabulous cool designer shopping malls inter-mingled with chaos, dirt and traffic, Went up to the top of Menara Tower (6th highest in the world) awesome views of the city Andrew got up on a Seniors ticket- they certainly know how to respect the elders in these parts. Petrons Towers are unbeliavable but impossible to get tickets to go up unless you get there before breakfast,
Talking of breakfasts these are multicultural to say the least. I think we experienced foods from just about every continent. The chap next to us this morning had croissants on top of noodles, all smothered with chilli sauce. It's surreal eating this listening to the First Noel playing.
Continuing on food we are enjoying the experience of Hawkers Markets and are getting quite adventurous, However last night a truck selling 'stinky fruit' set up stall next to our table. Every time the guy cut into one with his machette it seemed like the drain manhole covers had just been lifted.
Today another great 7 hour train journey from KL to Butterworth through the beautiful Cameron Highlands, then a taxi across the causeway to Georgetown, Penang island. Checked in and then rapidly OUT of a dive of a hotel, and then spent a frenzied couple of hours (including an info centre on the 56th floor of a building requiring us to surrender our passports first). Finally got the tip off from an Aussie/South african and ended up at an Indian hotel the other side of town.
The great think about this hotel is that it is 2 mins around the corner from a fantastic Hawkers food market. where we just go around stalls selecting what we want,. then plonk ourselves down whilst guys from different stalls serve us freshly cooked fantastic dishes.
Tomorrow one of the waitresses is meeting up with us and taking us around the island..... so we will see what that brings.....