Hello!! It has been a few days since I last blogged... trying to spend as little time on the internet as possible. Still haven't given into the facebook temptations hahaha. Anyways, so we are now in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We arrived here on Wednesday after 48hours of traveling. It was so nice to have a shower and sleep in a comfy bed. I am sharing a room with Charis and Laura. Its a pretty nice hotel-- a lot nicer then I was expecting.
KL (Kuala Lumpur) is a huge city and very multi-cultural. Many different religions and ethnic groups. The Malay people make up about 50.4% of the population, the Chinese 23.7%, Indian 7.1%, Indigenous 11%, and other 7.8%. Islam is the most common religion here: 60.4%, Buddhist, Chrisitan, Hindu, other traditional Chinese religions and other or unknown make up the rest-- in that order. Everyday about five times a day over a loud speaker there is a prayer song... this is part of the Islam practice, you are to pray five times a day. The song is in Arabic which is a beautiful language.
We have seen some amazing sites here in the city-- visiting the Petronas Towers which are the seventh-highest buildings in the world. Truely amazing. It is the headquaters of national oil and of the various gas companies. An important part of the economy. Its interesting to note the contrast of modern Kuala Lumpur to the run down apartment buildings. However, the streets are quite clean here-- it is something I have noticed in SEA they really like to keep their areas clean. We visited some street markets which would be amazing to have access to on a daily basis if you lived here-- all the fresh fruits and vegetables, fish and meat. A bit overwhelming at times. The food here is delicious, there isn't anything I haven't enjoyed eating yet!!!! Dried fish is actually very tasty!!!! Hahaha. Mum if you are reading this I think you would find it hard here. :) I have had to use another squaty toilet again which is always an interesting expereince-- its hard especially when you are a girl (need I explain more). We also went to the central markets which were incredible!! You could shop for days there... thankfully I don't have the desire to shop at the moment. I am trying to hold off till Thailand.
This is a big city here and you do have to be careful. Being a white person you are always being looked at and as a woman men are always saying stuff to you. Its a good thing in a way to be traveling with people as I am never alone. However, I do miss just being on my own and being able to do what I want. But this is a new and different expereince... I have so much more I could write about however, this blog is getting a bit long now so I will come back and write more in a few days. Hope you enjoyed reading about my adventures so far!! M

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