Does travel make you more creative? More compassionate?Yes, if you travel with those intentions.
When we found out that we could easily put another country on our itinerary, we jumped at it. Although, I had barely entertained a thought of this place prior to this idea, I am so glad that we went. Kuala Lumpur is a city, so this is not some tropical get-away by any means. It was an urban adventure into a unique developing country
One of the things we heard about Malaysia, is that it is the most diverse country in Asia. I agree that it is diverse, very different. I had heard that it was a Muslim country, but my research says that it is a secular country, and though more than half of its people are Muslim, the government is run by a constitution. I did get that sense of multu-cultural but more Muslims than anywhere I have been. You don't even notice it in the men, but of course the women are identified by their hijab. Some of them are more traditional than others, and we see the fully covered women as well. I guess I write about this first off, because it is the dominant impression I had. And along with that, was the normalcy of it. We would watch teenagers in the mall, and they look like they're flirting and teasing, using their smartphones, eating fried chicken, just like us.
This post has photos taken over several days of the sights.
We visited the textile museum located in Merdeka Square, close to the picture seen on the top.
Central Market - lots to see and buy. Loved this Juicee stand, especially because it was a hot day. I got the Happy Fizz, which was lemon grass, lychee and guava. Sherry got mango.
After the Batu Caves, our tourmates were staying near here, so we got a ride close to here, but were not able to get tickets to the Observation Deck, which is the walkway that connects the two towers. But the park behind it was very nice. There is a musical fountain show nightly which we also did not see, but it was nice to know that there are so many entertaining things here.
We were in the KL tower, these are two different views at different times of days. It looked like it was so close from the Petronas Towers, and we kept walking and walking, finally got there.
On our way back from the Bird and Butterfly Park (next to each other), we got on this hop on/hop off bus. We thought this was the free one that is provided to the major tourist sites. So we were on top, enjoying the view, and started hearing something about they will be coming around to collect tickets. Since we didn't have tickets, we got off, embarrassed, but it was fun.
I have traveled quite a bit, and am using this page to record some memories. Travel is a wonderful education, expanding your view of the world, of other cultures, of the beauty of diversity.