Second day Kuala Lumpur
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November 19th, 2008 – by: Stigen
Then i went walking around the city, aiming to get over to the lake gardens park where there were many attractions to see. The weather was a nightmare with constant rain, and lightning, but i was defiantly going to have a nice day of outdoors activities in any case ! I`m even optimistic enough to bring my sunscreen to this park, as my main objective was to sunbathe in the grass.
I first saw the ancient train station quickly enough to take a picture, then moved on to the big national mosque. There I had to wear a pretty silly purple/pinkish cape to cover my legs(why would they want to cover up something so beautiful??). I felt like Anti-superman or like purple santa claus.
The mosque itself was big and all, but not really much different from the hundred or so other mosques i`ve seen when I last travelled the middle east.
The real fun started when I got into the big park right behind the mosque. First place i arrived was a Planetarium of all things. One which is`nt even listed in the guidebook.
That was actually really interesting ! usually I get a bit tired from reading all these typical museum Plaques and such, but these ones where just fun to see.
Also there were movies showing all the astronaut activities, as Malaysia has just recently sent their first guy to space ! of course the main concern was how to be a good muslim in space, so they had to give him a nice space-proof Qu`ran and some new rules for praying. Praying against Mecca might be a challenge when all you see is the earth itself. There was also a planetarium where they showed a nice little movie in the ceiling about the history of the constellations.
I moved on through the big park, and yet another time i met with some packs of wild monkeys.
The biggest enclosed bird park in the world is also in this park. I did`nt see it as it was way overpriced. I really wanted to see the butterfly/reptile park ,however.
There is an amazing array of butterflies swarming around in this tropical rainforest area, quite amazing I should think. I did`nt go in there as the ticket lady told me all the pretty butterflies would not be seen as they don`t like the rain and the thunderstorms. I would recommend this place as one of the musts to see when in KL anyway !
The gift shop was really nice, and they had some of the prettiest butterfly T-shirts I have ever seen. I wanted to buy them all, but they were quite pricey, so I settled for one of them.
At the evening I decided to go see the nightlife of the city. Taking the public transport in this city is a nightmare. There is a million different buses, and no one to tell you which one to take. The locals have no what-so-ever knowledge of the city. I might ask something like "what way to the petronas twin tower?" ,and they`ll be like "ehhmm twin tower ?"
So I walked in the horrible rain from chinatown to the towers. All the nightlife is located in the street around the towers. It is just horribly expensive. 30 Ringitts(10$) was the rate to get in anywhere, and that includes a petite beer. The ultra small beer is selling at the riddiculous price of 24 Ringitts in the club.
I went to "the beach" bar. There I met some swedish guys. It`s pretty crazy, but after some minutes me and the guy I was talking with realized we had some mutual friends, a girl we both had gone to school with! the world is small when you go to the other side of it and meet someone you almost know.
The music was Ok, it was a pretty good live band there, so we danced around for some time. The poor swedish guys was popular with the woman there, and I though it was quite funny listening to him trying to explain the concept of beeing married to one of these girls that wanted to go home with him. It was like talking to the wall.
Many of the girls in this place was prostitutes from vietnam....so in that sense I would not recomnend this place for clubbing. Probably better to go to the big club around the corner called Zouk. I tried to get in there....but they had a dress code, which basically means no Khaki shorts...
So that was it for KL....i really felt like moving on after 3 nights there....
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