Thursday, June 5, 2014

Our Amazing Welcome to KL

After six days on the glorious Perhentian islands, we were just starting to feel a little soggy from all the swimming and a little burned from all the sunbathing so we decided it was a good time to head to Malaysia's crown-jewel city of Kuala Lumpur. 

To get there, we boarded a train at 4am and made our way through the dense northern jungle for about seven hours, watching each little town wake up amidst the morning fog and wet, green foliage. 







The train took us to Kuala Lipis, the most charming Asian city I've seen so far. From there, we boarded a bus that would take us to the big KL.

From the highway, I caught my first view of the Petronas Towers, and the goal for the rest of the night was to go see them up close. No more than 10 minutes after arriving at our hotel, we departed and wandered our way through the streets of KL to find the beautiful towers. We were lucky to stumble on an incredible, jubilant scene of night market vendors and bustling tourists enjoying dinner and live music. 



After about 40 minutes of walking and using nothing but broken English to find our way, we ended up on the 38th floor of the Grand Hyatt with a fancy dessert and this view. I was like a giddy kid, sitting in awe of such a beautiful view. 
It seems a bit silly to get so excited over some man-made buildings but these buildings made me a huge fan of architecture. They're just beautiful. The design, the sparkly feel of the lighting, the fact that there are TWO exactly alike. They're just mesmerizing. 

We made our way back down to ground level to get an even closer look. After passing through a very large Malaysian cultural celebration, we found the best spot ever for picture-taking and I snapped about a million. Just as we were waking away, we were startled by a ginormous bang and realized we were being gifted with a fireworks show right outside of the Towers! We simply could not have planned a better welcome to the city. 











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