Not What I Wanted It to Be
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December 16th, 2009 – by: domnicella
Merdeka Square was ok; I guess I fail to see the point of visiting a giant green square that was once used by the British for cricket.
The boys were whining about how hot it was an how they wanted to go back to the hostel, and I was all go ahead, be my guest. But since we were out and about and I had no intention of returning to the area, I wanted to walk the long way back and see some things along the way.
We walked through Chinatown one last time, me hightailing it back to the hostel to cool off and pack up, the boys ogling all the crap for sale and coming home with bags of impostor goods. We checked out and parted ways, they were a little startled by the fact that we probably won’t ever see each other again, and were all awkward and “uhhh, how will we keep in touch?” about it. Oh boys.
It took me only two taxis before I found one with his meter running, and off I went to my next hostel. (I switched because I had wanted to stay in the second one from the start, but they didn’t have room for three, and it would have been shitty of me to bail on them after sharing a bus ride and our mutual accommodation scouting efforts.
In my mind, I was going to cool off and find some food and scout out downtown, but in reality, when I realized another subway would be involved (the hostel was not as near KLCC and downtown as I had thought, although it was smack in the middle of a big shopping district) and just how disgustingly hot it was, the touring was vetoed. So I cooled off for a bit, found some Thai glass noodles in the food court across the street, schlepped all the way to the bus station (to buy my next ticket) and back, sweating more than you‘d believe possible, and refused to leave the AC for the rest of the evening.
If I could do KL again I’d stay right downtown, and I’d want a guidebook that knew what it was talking about. That’s twice now. First with Malacca and then with museums and things being closed in KL, and I would have used that time and energy to see and do something else. It’s frustrating, particularly since I have the newest guidebook on the market, and meeting other travelers with a firm grasp on what to see and do hasn’t been in the cards for me this week. It’s a trend that I hope doesn’t continue.
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