Guess what? We’re in Malaysia! After 27 hours we finally have a room booked in the “Little India” district of Kuala Lumpur. Everything went pretty smooth, with the hardest part being the LAX grind and getting onto our first flight. The Hong Kong airport is a marvel in itself, it’s by far the most modern and nicest airport either of us had ever seen. Sadly we couldn’t see across the bay to downtown very well, but what we could make out was quite impressive.
Landing in Kuala Lumpur International is an intersting experience. Usually you are herded straight into Customs before you can even catch your breath but KUL is different. The shopkeepers delight in the ambiguity of the immigration signs, but we eventually we found our way with our wallets fully intact. We hopped on the super efficient KL Ekpress (kind of the like the BART in SF) and were in the city about 20 minutes later.
The city is vibrant and diverse. A quick cross of the street is like stepping onto a new continent with sights, sounds, and smells of its own. Just a few minutes saw us pass many bazaars, sushi restaurants, Chinese wonders of all varieties, and even some African somosa shops. High rise buildings tower next to Budhist temples built in the 1800’s. This is Kuala Lumpur, and our tired bones can’t help but acquiesce to it’s jovial energy.
Tomorrow we’ll have to go to the Indonesian Embassy and get our visas to got to Banda Aceh then on to Pulau Weh for the first diving of our trip. We’ll probably check out some temples and the beautiful park district as well… but we’ll just have to see which way the wind pushes our sails.