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Summer Vacation 2008 - Arrival in Kuala Lumpur

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“Oh Sh*t! I'm going to have to run up to the station, get a cab, get back to the apartment to get Courtney and get down to the train station. And all in 20 minutes or else we'll miss our bus to the airport” was my first coherent thought of the morning. This thought being caused by the taxi company not answering their phones for ten minutes. But, luckily just before I took off for my “morning constitutional” I called back and they answered the phone. But, we weren't out of the woods yet.

Our taxi driver got us to the train station and the bus pick up point in time, but we ended up at the back of the line. When the bus was just pulling in to the station, the bus attendant came up to us and said, “Full booking” which after years of teaching ESL we interpreted it as, “The bus is full, you can't take this bus.” It was as if someone didn't want us to go on the trip. But, then our luck changed. The bus driver waved us onto the bus. The buses in Japan have seats that fold down in the aisle and there were two left, just for us. But the luggage area was full. We had to take our bags on with us. An hour later and both of us with one foot asleep we arrived at the airport. But, we didn't have enough time to write in this book, which was found at the airport.


After four departures from Osaka, we've got the departure routine downpat. We got checked in with no problems at all and got through security and immigration very quickly. We did have a laugh at the guy who tried to take a Gillette Razor on the plane. Hasn't he flown anywhere in the last 5 years? Oh well.

We lucked out and had our own personal TV screens on the plane. Court watched a movie and some TV, I read, watched some TV and slept.


And lo and behold 6 hours later we were in Malaysia.

As we were waiting in line to go through customs and immigration we were debating whether we should take a taxi directly to our hotel or take the train into downtown Kuala Lumpur. This debate was solved for us when we saw the sign that said the train was the fastest way into the city. We decided to take the train into the city and then cab it to our hotel.


However 'Harry' the taxi god was against us.

When we got off the train, we were informed that there were no cabs available but we could wait for 30 minutes for the next one. We were tired and hungry and decided this wasn't a good idea. Luckily we had the back up plan and took the monorail to the stop near our hotel. It took us a little time to find the monorail station. But, Court's nav skills were in great shape today and she led us directly to our hotel.

Once we got our stuff in our room and kind of unpacked we realized that we were both starving. It was time to head back out and find some food.

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We stumbled on a drug store and picked up some stuff. After 10 minutes of searching for a restaurant, we picked one with a menu with lots of stuff we recognized. Court had a fantastic chai latte and vegetarian sandwich on Turkish bread which was summed up best by this quote, “This is the only vegetable sandwich I've eaten that has left me satisfied.”

Even after we ate we decided we were both tired and headed back to our hotel for some needed rest. This is when we discovered our beautiful night view of the KL tower.


Posted by agc_cwm 00:40 Archived in Malaysia

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