monday, august 8.

day two: KL, malaysia.

woke up around 10:00 a.m. (FINALLY! we get to sleep in on this vacation! jeeeez.) to eat some blurry, warm-toned toast.

kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.

casey, jeff teacher, and i then went to batu caves on the second day with our new friends bart and marius.

before our arrival, we waited what seemed an eternity at this stinky bus stop.

kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.

boo! "life is so haaaaaard!" (oh, this was our unofficial slogan of the trip. and when i say "our," i mean "mine.")

boyos also waiting for some bus:

#22.

here we are walking to batu caves.

kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.

that large, gold statue is a shrine dedicated to the hindu god, Lord Murugan. [who wouldda known?]

kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.

here are our new friends, bart and marius:

kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.

bart is from poland, but lives in germany. marius is german and lives in germany. these guys were traveling through malaysia as a plan b because their trip to NYC didn't work out :/ we were glad they didn't make it to america =]

casey, jeff teacher, and me in front of the cave.

kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.

[jeez, elyse, awkwardlean much?]

bahaha - here is one of our favorites from the trip: =]]

kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.

[haha myyyy bad.]

there are 272 steps leading to the anticlimactic cave.

kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.
kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.

there were many monkeys just kickin' it with the humans on the steps.

kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.
kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.
kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.

[duder was packin'.]

kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.
kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.

inside batu caves:

kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.
kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.
kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.

is it just me, or when you think "cave," large, cold, dark carved out rock comes to mind? this wasn't true for batu caves, but it was interesting, nevertheless.

after our batu caves adventure, the boys, casey, and i went back to chinatown and ate some street food (surprise, surprise) and made friends with other travelers.

sup, brah?

kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.

nom nom nom:

kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.
kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.
kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.

oh, we also had our first (and what we thought would be our last) taste of durian.

kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.
kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.

you can read that wiki link or you can trust my one sentence explanation of this fruit: durian appears intriguing because of its spiky exterior, but this orangish fruit smells horridly rotten, has the texture of moist ball sack (sorry, family members reading this), and tastes like warm dirt with a hint of sweet onion.

durian is so potent, it is banned on public transportation because IT SMELLS SO BAD.

i'll let these reactions finish my description:

kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.
kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.
kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.

i have more to tell you about durian come my post about our, ummm, 4th day in malaysia.

but for now, yah, shit was gross. Andrew Zimmern agrees.

later that evening, we went to this bar called the sky bar, which was high in the sky across from the petronas towers.

casey and i snatched up another fellow traveler to join our sausage fest. the new addition to our crew, luke, was only 19 years old! he had a stop in malaysia before going on a 7 week tour through europe ... BY HIMSELF. it was really cool meeting all these brave travelers upon our trip. what wasn't cool, however, was jeff and casey (okay, mostly jeff) saying, "hey, elyse, you should travel by yourself." the underlying message here is the fact that i wouldn't survive a day by myself in a foreign country (besides korea). jeff's translation of this phrase: "hey elyse, you should die."

anyway, here are some famous towers:

kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.
kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.

bein' total tourists:

kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.
kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.
kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.
kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.
kuala lumpur, malaysia 2011.