Koala-less Kuala Lumpur
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So this morning myself & Bryan got up and had breakfast with Sarah and Elva in a place called Steve's Tea House. I liked the name. I also liked the tea and yet another spicy breakfast.
After breakfast we decided to head to the Batu Caves. As it turns out, the public transport is very easy and fairly cheap. On the bus, Bryan and I were charged for our tickets but the girls were allowed on for free. Seems fair doesn't it?
The bus drops you off right across the road from the caves and you really cant miss them. The landscape is essentially flat in KL until you look at this gigantic rock/mountain where the caves are located after a climb of around 272 steps. The steps lead up to a temple that is dedicated to the Hindu deity, Lord Muruga.
The funny story is how an American naturalist along with a man named Daly (I hope no relation) claim to have discovered the temple in 1878 despite it being known and seen by everyone who has ever been to KL.
Up on top of the caves, Sarah started to take photos of some Holy man. We thought he was only on show for tourists and that he would charge her for the photos. As it turned out, he wanted photos of us instead!
He was a big famous holy man from India on pilgrimage. He hasnt spoken a word in 30 years!! For some reason, he and his followers were really interested. At first it was just the girls they were taking photos of. I didn't blame them. Then they asked me and Bryan into the photos with him too.
Before we left, he gave me his card with contact details so I can send him our photos.......the card had his phone number on it....he hasn't spoken in 30 years!!!
On the way home from the caves we strolled around the city and eventually came to the KL Tower.
For dinner we went to a lovely Indian restaurant just along Bukit Bintang. Now, I must admit, there are very few species in the world that I have yet to eat, so when I saw that they menu had a dish of "dragon", I had to order it. We had visions of the chef battling with a live dragon for me. You can imagine my disappointment then when it turned out to be merely a spicy chicken dish, it was lovely though.
To top off the nice dinner of dragon, we headed off for a few drinks out on the streets of KL.
I must note that after 2 days in this city I believe I can confirm that there are in fact no koalas in Kuala Lumpur. I know this piece of news must come as a shock to many of you as it did me but I must insist that this city does have something to offer despite the lack of koalas.