14.08.2015 - 02.09.2015 32 °C
Readers of this blog will notice a big difference between this KL post and our previous instalments for Japan and South Korea! After a flat-out tour over 4 weeks, we came to Kuala Lumpur to slow down, catch up on school work, and position ourselves for the cheap flight we’d booked leaving from KL to Germany.
We spent just under 3 weeks in Kuala Lumpur and found this great apartment to base ourselves. It had a great pool and a kitchen / dining area too. The focus for us was catching up on schoolwork and we managed to get through a bit each day. At the end of the trip we were able to post a fair bit back to the school and a little keepsake box to Mum and Dad, lightening up our travel packs by about 6kg!
While we were there we did get to get out and about a bit, although it felt strange to be in a place like KL and not continually be sightseeing. We went to a birthday party for a 4 year old Iranian girl, Zaharra, whose family was staying in an apartment near us and whose brother, Maheed, had struck up a great friendship with Lachlan, hence the invitation to attend. We enjoyed some traditional Iranian food of meat and rice and great conversation that night.
We visited China Town with a lovely friend called Aisyah, who worked in a café nearby and made Ash his morning coffee for the 3 weeks! We spent a fair bit of time around the main tourist hub of Bukit Bintang where we would go out for dinner and wander around. After a bit of searching, we managed to find our favourite food court in the Pavillion Shopping Centre that we’d discovered the first time we were there and enjoyed some more good meals. There are plenty of fashion stores here as the boys discovered. There was even a Warner Bros store with movie memorabilia and a Batmobile you could ride in.
KL has a great train system and we used it a lot to get around. Here's Cameron making friends with the local girls while waiting for a train.....
This is meant to be the biggest Gumball machine in the world at Berjaya Times Square (Imbi)
Tan and I enjoyed coming back to KL. We felt a little less like tourists and just enjoyed relaxing a bit after a fairly hectic previous 4 weeks.
We were all very excited about heading to Germany and starting our European leg. As I type this, I am looking out of our hostel window onto Kaiserstrasse of Frankfurt with beautiful 5 storey terraced buildings. What a difference! However that will be the subject of our next post.