Trip Start May 23, 2006
24Trip End Jul 18, 2006
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We started off early on a mini-bus tour of the sites around the city of Kula Lumpur.
Stopping at the Memorial for the Fallen solders, Independance square -where Kula Lumpur was founded. The Grand Mosque -largest in Malaysia and then to the Bata Caves.
The caves are "guarded" by a enormous golden Buda. You go up 270 stairs to reach the caves. Inside there are multiple temples for the Hindu religion. The inside side of the caves is huge- during festivals over 50,000 people can fit into them. The caves are limestone with dripping water, the ceiling is about 100 yards up-
The Hindu people place high regard for animals and the caves were home to about 25 monkeys
One of the girl's in our tour had a Diet Coke can and the monkey grabbed her arm, and stole her Diet Coke- there is a picture of the monkey drinking the Diet Coke. Now those of you who know me -- there would be no way a monkey would get my Diet Coke --it would be a fight!
After the caves we went to the "space needle" building called the Nenara Tower- the fourth largest in the world. It is mostly a large telecommunication antenna. Very similar to those in the US. You go up to the top of the building and the 360 degree of the city.
After our tour - it was time for more shopping. We went to a "handcraft" area to look at the textiles and wood carvings. One guy entire shop was wood carvings of noses. When we asked why noses- He said because everyone has one. It was funny talking to a man who has spent his entire life carving noses. He said he likes the character and the individuality of noses.
After dinner, I tried my hand at the bartering. But after 30 minutes of discussing the price- I got tired and hot and gave up.
Maybe today I might finally buy something.