With less than 24 hours in KL we only had time to hit up the highlights: the Petronas Towers, the main night markets, and the Batu Caves
. The Petronas Towers, especially at night when they are all lit up, are really spectacular. We have made a mental note to rewatch Entrapment when we get to the US. The night markets sold a strange and wonderful array of food, but the goods themselves were a bit predictable: knockoffs, pirated DVDs, and trinkets. The Batu Caves, giant caves which house sacred Hindu temples at the top of a VERY long staircase, were beautiful; however, it was the monkeys which really stole the show. It was the first time Panu has had wild monkeys crawling up him like a tree and he loved it. The baby monkeys, as you can see in the pictures, were particularly adorable.
We only had a short time in KL but we already love Asia. We even love AirAsia. Train rides are 30 cents, restaurant meals are $2 AUD, and we came in 50% under budget for this short leg of the journey. The weather is sweltering, 35 C and very sweaty, but that is the way I prefer it and it is only going to get warmer. We do, however, leave KL a little confused. We thought it would be a bustling, busy Asian financial hub, but we leave feeling like it was more of a small town. The train stations were almost deserted at peak hour, the shopping centers were unnervingly quiet, and there was very little traffic on the roads. I’m sure we will get our fill of big city Asia from Hong Kong, our next destination. We land in a few hours . . .
It is hard for me to admit this, but I think it is time: Panu, in many ways, is more adventurous than me. In particular, he is much more adventurous when it comes to food. Fresh off the plane in Kuala Lumpur, after checking into our guesthouse, Panu tucked into a steamy, and very fishy smelling, plate of sting ray from a street stall. Actually, I think it was sting ray tail; Panu didn't even flinch as he ate around the hard, semi translucent cartilage in the middle. I, on the other hand, opted for some fresh pineapple and a safe plate of fried rice and chicken stir fry. It was hard for me to say no to the $2 AUD meals at KFC ($2!) but I did. (Actually that is a lie, I got a strange breakfast burger from KFC this morning for $1 and Panu, again being the adventurer, got KFC’s chicken porridge for breakfast . . .).