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    • Day36

      Finally a KL report!

      October 27 in Malaysia ⋅ 🌧 26 °C

      Had a good sleep last night and this morning felt ready to face the world, and we are now just back from the day’s adventures. But first our trip here…our first leg - the 3 hour flight from Cairo to Dubai was sort of hilarious…I think the passengers were about 98% men, and you’d think it was a party…they were all talking and wandering round - had to be told to sit down so we could leave…otherwise uneventful…then Dubai - Amr managed to get us entry to a lounge which was good as we had a 5 hour wait. Decided to eat dinner then and not on the plane as it was late and the food was good (had a very tasty butter chicken). Then on Singapore airlines for 7.5 hour flight to Singapore - just had a glass of wine and no more food, planning to have breakfast …but sadly didn’t sleep well, and when they were preparing for landing realised we didn’t get breakfast! Then we had to dash to another terminal at the enormous Changi airport, as only an hour to get there…less by the time we emerged from the plane…we just made it and had the 35 minute actual flight (they allow an hour for all the fiddling and taxiing etc) and arrived at KL at 9.30 am, the same time that Omnia arrived on a direct flight from Cairo leaving way after us…so we got a car to the hotel and sort of collapsed.

      Amr went out hunter gathering and brought back some soup with an assortment of noodles and vegetables and fish balls, which kept us going until 6 o’clock when we were picked up by car and taken to Ragai’s apartment, which is the residence of the ambassador and extremely lovely. It is on the 32nd floor of a tower building…in fact it is the whole floor. Ragai was very glad to see his cousins as he is probably a bit lonely at the moment - his wife Saha (where we had dinner a few nights ago in Cairo) is currently in Cairo while their daughter finishes her university year. But their delightful son Ahmed is here in KL starting university. So amazing to see him. He was a baby under 2 when we saw him in Cairo in 2006, and now is tall and skinny - makes Amr look short! And the funny thing is that they bonded about watches…Ahmed is about as fanatical as Amr!! We were served a beautiful Egyptian dinner - there is a chef, and 2 girls serving and filling our glasses - not wine! - with delicious guava juice. As always, much more food than I could eat - even the others could not finish everything, but really delicious. By 9 we were visibly drooping (I was anyway) and we were driven back.

      Well that was yesterday, and now I must remember today. We left at about 9 and got a taxi to the bird park - a famous and beautiful park with wonderful exotic birds. It is very tropical and lush and there is a net over the area, but it is so high and invisible it doesn’t seem caged at all. Many peacocks roaming around, often showing off their tail feathers. A lovely walk round there. We had been advised to go early as when it gets hotter the birds take cover and you don’t see them so well. Then we went on to see the Islamic Arts Museum which is conveniently nearby. We asked the man at the bird park how to get there and he said too far to walk, you need to get a taxi, but we assured him we were walkers and he pointed us the way, and we found it was barely a kilometre! And downhill! I think Malaysians don’t walk much because it is so hot and humid, but a little is fine, and then we were in the A/C of the museum - at a very comfortable temperature…so often A/C is too cold.

      The museum was beautiful- Islamic art is so satisfying to look at with the geometric patterns and designs, and the calligraphy. (Think of the ceramic tiles at Isnik Paul - if you can remember that far back to 1991). We tried to visit the mosque also nearby, and is a landmark for visitors, but not at prayer time which it was, so Omnia could go in, but Amr and I couldn’t, so we happily waited in the seats outside.

      Then the adventure of getting home started. We knew there was a metro equivalent station nearby, and we asked the mosque lady how to find it…she explained but as usual it is never as simple as it sounds. We could see sort of where we needed to be, but we had to cross a very busy road, and unlike Cairo pedestrians can’t just walk into the traffic and wend their way through the cars! She had mentioned an underpass which we finally sighted, but then found it was shut…so we braved the road, one side at a time, and then still had trouble getting to an actual station. To complicate it, there is also a train line above ground (but that was not the right one for us)…after much round and round walking we did find the right line and station, and Amr managed the ticket machines which gave us plastic tokens. But these magically worked on the reader and in we went, and successfully went on the right line in the right direction!! Getting out we had to find an exit with a slot to put in the token…didn’t work on the reader this time as they wanted the tokens back…

      Then the next feat was to find the hotel…we knew we were very close, but not close enough to see anything familiar…thank goodness at this point there was a big pedestrian crossing with lights and a countdown! KL is quite organised, and the traffic orderly - they stay in lanes, signal directions, stop at red lights etc, but it is not very pedestrian friendly. Maybe just because people don’t walk much. It does not feel seething with people either…maybe that is just after Cairo? The metro (MRT) was quite busy and full at mid afternoon. Anyway, after much fiddling and wondering Amr got us back - he sort of remembered from his venture out yesterday. And we were lucky it hadn’t had the afternoon downpour yet. It rains every afternoon usually after 3. So Amr and I had a late lunch at the restaurant he got the soup from yesterday…you just get a bowl and choose from the assortment of vegetables, noodles, tofu, fish balls, bits and pieces with tongs and give it to the man and he takes it and puts broth in it…very yummy! I knew not to have laksa as Amr had that broth yesterday and while I love spicy, it was just too hot for comfort. And we were very lucky - while we were eating the rain poured down, drenching if you were caught in it. And it had virtually stopped by the time we just to cross the road to get to the hotel.

      So now back and relaxing for a couple of hours. Amr is swimming which is his relaxation. At 8 we are being picked up again to have dinner with Ragai. He has ambassadorial duties till then, and promises it will be a light late dinner…I’m not sure that Egyptians understand light!

      So that is an enormous double report, and I will add pics of birds and Islamic art.
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      Traveler

      The bird park sounds lovely

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      Traveler

      Wow! The birds are incredible

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    • Day37

      Another day in KL

      October 28 in Malaysia ⋅ 🌧 26 °C

      This will probably be the last entry before arriving home. Not a big day, and so far no rain…very unusual…we got a “grab” - what they call Uber - to the Central Market which sounded good and fun, but wasn’t particularly exciting. Just shops of clothes, knickknacks, and a food hall. And the same for nearby Chinatown…just the usual shops and rather run down. So after a wander around (I did buy some colourful loose pants to lounge round in in summer..) we came back and relaxed at the hotel till we were picked up by the ambassadorial car to have a last visit (for Amr and me - Omnia is staying on for a few more days) to Ragai and Ahmed. We had an early dinner at about 4.30 to fit in with Ragai’s engagements which was good, and the most delicious Egyptian food (and not too much!!)..just perfect. And it was the first time we had been there in daylight - the view of the huge buildings nearby, and over to the mountains in the distance look completely different, and very impressive. Night makes all the lights pretty, but you can’t see any details.

      So now back early and can leisurely pack etc. We don’t leave till tomorrow afternoon and I think in the morning we will get a grab to the National museum- apparently interesting, and will be air-conditioned!! I think we are ready to come home.
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      Traveler

      Safe travels - see you soon ✈️✈️

      Traveler

      What an extraordinary adventure.

      Traveler

      Safe journey home.

       
    • Day32

      Kuala Lumpur

      November 2 in Malaysia ⋅ 🌧 25 °C

      Heute ging es für uns mit dem Bus weiter in die Hauptstadt Malaysia's, Kuala Lumpur.
      Nach einer knapp 3h Fahrt mit dem Car und dann noch eine halbe Stunde mit dem Grab (Uber) kamen wir gegen 16.00 Uhr in unserem Hotel an. Kurz erholen, rasch die Gegend erkunden, indisch Abendessen und dann gute Nacht aus KL.
      😘 J&D
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      Traveler

      Mmmh

      Traveler

      😋😋 sieht fein aus 😚😚

      Traveler

      War auch sehr lecker

       
    • Day33

      Kuala Lumpur II

      November 3 in Malaysia ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

      Mit einem super Frühstück im Hotel starteten wir den Tag.
      Die Stadt erkunden stand heute auf dem Programm. Zu Fuss ging es erstmal nach Downtown zum Wahrzeichen der Stadt, zu den Petronas Towers. Wir spulten Kilometer um Kilometer ab im Stadtzentrum, besorgten uns die KL RapidCard (ÖV), fuhren mit der Monotrail, assen zu Abend in der bekannten Jalan Alor (Alor Street) und zum Ausklang machten wir noch die Night Tour mit den Hop-on/Hop-off Bus. Und zwischendurch lag auch ein kurzes Workout und einen Sprung in den Pool drin. Das war unser Tag.

      Gute Nacht amigos😘
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      Traveler

      Guät Nacht. Supär gseeds in Kuala Lumpur uus.

      Guet Nacht.Merci [Grosi]

      Traveler

      😘

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    • Day63

      Zwischenstopp in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      June 26 in Malaysia ⋅ ☁️ 31 °C

      Da wir aufgrund unseres auslaufendem Visums leider aus Indonesien ausreisen mussten, haben wir uns für einen Städtetrip in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) entschieden. Kuala Lumpur ist für seine Vielfalt an Kulturen und vorallem
      dem Streetfood bekannt! Wir (also Marcello) haben uns durchprobiert 😎
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      Traveler

      😍❤️

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      Traveler

      😍😍

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      Traveler

      Sehr eindrücklich 🍤🦪🍣

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    • Day41

      KL ✅

      October 9 in Malaysia ⋅ ☁️ 28 °C

      Unfortunatelly i had to say goodbay to Aaron und Antonia again. I absolutely enjoy being around with them, because there are so helpfull and friendly to me. After that I catched up with Anna from the Cameron Highlands and we wanted to go to the National Mosque of Malaysia. The Mosque was closed, because it was damaged by a storm. What a pitty...

      For the first time i recognized, that the Locals made pictures of Anna as well as she mentioned to me a story, that a guy had an video call with someone and he showed him during this call Anna. To hear these kind of stories of here, agitated and disturbed myself, because for me as a men I had no problems at all with something like that till now.

      We decided to go a buddism temple and in the evening we saw mit Andrew, an American guy, the Symphony Lake Water Show at the Petronas Towers. I really enjoyed and was impressed of the show. After that we went together to a notable Street (Jin Alor) and ate there at the night market.

      At the next day in KL I chilled only in the hostel and ate something and made for the first time nothing and I think because of that, this was my first night i felt asleep very late.

      KL was cool, not so much to see and in general I don’t like big cities so much.

      Also I have seen the second biggest skyscraper on the world (picture).

      I also recognized by myself, that i should not rush so much during my journey as well like i did in the past. I need to take more days, otherwise travelling is more exhausting than enjoying.
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    • Day55

      Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur

      October 17 in Malaysia ⋅ ☁️ 32 °C

      Our initial plan was to fly to Java island (Indonesia) directly. But, since we had to change our flight somewhere, we decided to stay 2 days in Kuala Lumpur. The city was different from what we have seen so far. Finally we had a good public transportation but therefore the food was not as good as in our trip so far 🙃

      One note here: its so weird to us that many religious or non religious tourist places are dirty and full with trash. Of course many tourists throw them away but it seems that there is also a social acceptance for it. It just weird and sad seeing beautiful (and even religious) places in such conditions…
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      ❤️❤️❤️ [Alex]

      🤘🏻😜🤘🏻 Great momemt! [Alex]

      🤘🏻😁🤘🏻 Super! [Alex]

      🤘🏻😊🤘🏻 [Alex]

       
    • Day55

      Kuala Lumpur

      December 1, 2019 in Malaysia ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

      Nach einer sehr entspannten sieben stündigen Busfahrt von Singapur kam ich um 23.30 Uhr in Kuala Lumpur an. Dort sammelten mich Sophie und Mättes ein und wir fuhren zusammen zur Unterkunft. Wir hatten uns ein Airbnb in einem Gebäudekomplex mit Infintypool gemietet. Nach ein paar Check-In Schwierigkeiten lagen wir um halb 2 endlich im Bett.
      Gestern schauten wir uns die Petronas Twin Tower an und schlenderten durch die Mall.
      Danach fanden wir einen Free Public Bus und fuhren nach China Town um dort einen Markt zu besuchen.
      Abends fuhren wir, leider im Regen, auf einen Nightmarket in der Jalan Alor und probierten verschiedene Leckereien.
      Zum Abschluss des Tages schauten wir uns die Petronas Twin Tower nochmal bei Nacht an.
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    • Day56

      Kuala Lumpur

      October 26, 2019 in Malaysia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      We arrived in Kuala Lumpur in the afternoon which gave us a little time to explore Chinatown, where we were staying, and also walk to the Petronas Towers. They are a vey impressive pair of skyscrapers in an area of giant buildings. The weather forecast wasn't promising but before a massive storm with lots of rain arrived we had a lovely, sunny morning. Then we headed to the airport to meet our new backpacking partner for our Malaysia travels, Julie.
      The next day we got out and about early to make the most of the morning sunshine. Within a few minutes walk of our hotel we found a Buddhist temple, a mosque and a Hindhu temple which was in the middle of Deepawali celebrations (although we didn't realise at the time). Then we walked over to Independence Square where we saw the Sultan's Palace and an old cricket pitch from British colonial times. We had a long walk past the botanical gardens which took us by lots of Islamic architecture including a huge museum and the old train station.
      In the evening we found a restaurant where we could try some Malaysian food including blue rice and beef rendang while surrounded by a teenage halloween party.
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      Vera and Tom

      Petronas Twin Towers

      10/31/19Reply
      Vera and Tom

      Petaling street, Chinese district

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      Vera and Tom

      Hindu Temple

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    • Day35

      Kuala Lumpur

      October 26 in Malaysia ⋅ 🌧 24 °C

      We are here…arrived this morning after our 3 flights (that was because it was a Singapore airlines ticket…much simpler to go direct!) and are now falling asleep after dinner with Ragai the cousin. Full description tomorrow, but giving in to sleep now…Read more

      Traveler

      welcome to msia! happy holiday..

      10/26/22Reply
      Traveler

      Wow the lights are blinding!

      10/26/22Reply
      Traveler

      An Ibis? 😆

      Traveler

      No, a Mercure!

      Traveler

      Wow!

       

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