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Kuala Lumpur

Written on: Tuesday March 4th, 2008

We met back up with Chad in Kuala Lumpur. KL seems like a huge city at first, but it's actually not too hard to get around. We spent the morning around the Petronas Towers (the largest twin buildings in the world (and were the world's tallest buildings, from entrance to top of the spire, until 2004 when Taipei 101 was built). We went up in them (you can only go up to the viewing bridge though, which is still a ways from the top) which provided a cool view of the city, but it was a gray cloudy day so it wasn't the most impressive view. We splurged for lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe and then we kind of split off and Betty and I went and explored the rest of the city, including Chinatown, Little India (where we got henna tattoos to bring us luck), Merdaka Square, etc. KL is a cool city because it is such an interesting mix of people and landscapes. The buildings, streets, fountains, everything have so many different influences--you'll see distinctly Chinese buildings, buildings that look German, British colonial, Indian, all kinds of things. And all the people look different: dark, light, Chinese, Indian, etc, etc. And you hear so many different languages being spoken, and see so many different languages written: Chinese, Sanskrit, Arabic, Malay, English. It was a cool city to explore.