Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

On Monday, I started the first leg of my holiday travels. Of course, I arrived at the airport more than four hours early. I’d like to thank Dad for my habit of getting to the airport ridiculously early. I’d especially like to thank the Hong Kong airport for free wi-fi. Wihtout that, I don’t know what I would have done.

I had really high hopes for Kuala Lumpur. Last year, I went to Kota Kinabalu (in Malaysian Borneo) and wasn’t very impressed. Everyone told me to go to Kuala Lumpur because supposedly it’s much better.

Something that I love doing while traveling is sampling the local food. Unfortunately, I just dont’t seem to like Malaysian food. A lot of it is seafood, and is a fusion of Chinese and Indian flavors. Seafood isn’t my favorite food and this fusion of food cultures resulted in a strange not so Chinese, not so Indian flavor.

I went to the Batu Caves on my first day and really enjoyed myself. The Batu Caves house a famous Hindu shrine. To get to the caves, you must climb 272 narrow stairs.

I almost paid $30 for a tour that picks me up from the hostel, but ended up going by myself since there were not enough people to do the tour. I only spent about $2 to get there and back, since there was no entrance fee. Travel agencies must make a lot of money on lazy and clueless tourists like myself.

The next day, I went to the Petronas Twin Towers, which are the tallest twin towers in the world. Fun fact: these towers are the same ones as in the movie Entrapment with Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

I’m glad that I left KL, especially since the man who slept in the bunk below me snored obscenely loudly. There’s no doubt that he was worse than Mom and Dad combined. I ended up sleeping with my head under my pillow instead of on it.

In four short hours, I’ll be on my way to Bali, Indonesia. For the next five days, I’ll be doing nothing but reading on the beach.

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