Wednesday, December 23, 2015
I grabbed my camera and knitting supplies and boarded the bus that dropped me off at the bottom of the hill. There is a funicular that takes you the rest of the way but since it was a weekend, the line for tickets was long. No problem, though, a Pitbull-loving dj (as in Dale!, not as in Heel, boy!) was there to keep us entertained. The crowd was mainly families out to enjoy the day.
We moved quickly and soon were whisked to the top of the hill.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
As I have mentioned before, I purposely did very little research prior to this trip. Therefore, it came as the most welcome of surprises when, after an 8 hour bus ride, I checked into my hostel and was handed both a city map and a street art map. There was enough street art to warrant its own map! This was looking promising.
My hostel, the excellent Magpie Residence, was about a fifteen minute walk from the heart of Georgetown (or a free bus ride away) so the first evening I only explored a bit of the outskirts of town.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Take the principal means of tourist transportation. Located primarily around Dutch Square, you will find a battalion of brightly decorated tricycles. They are more than simple conveyances, they are mini-mobile works of art with a couple of dominant themes that repeat themselves in all this garish accoutrements. These motifs are (in no particular order): Hello Kitty, Frozen and some blue cat-like thing that I have never heard of. Most are equipped with speakers and have made some demonic pact that requires them, regardless of decor, to play "Let It Go" on an endless loop. I never personally witnessed any of them involved in a slow-motion drive by shooting, but you know how Quentin is. He likes to spring these things on the viewer when you least expect them.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Daylight and a long night's sleep proved me right. It was official. I was in Kuala Lumpur staring at 1/2 of the world's former tallest building. I wanted to immediately run over there for a closer look but having arrived without my usual rigorously planned agenda, I opted to have the lady at the front desk plan out my day for me.
Saturday, December 12, 2015
I have gotten vouchers in the past and the trickiest part, believe it or not, is using them before they expire. Sounds silly but they are good for only one year from the date of issuance and it is all too easy to throw them in a drawer and forget about them until it is too late. Knowing this, I used my extra time at the airport to start researching places I'd like to go. New Zealand was too much. Easter Island was a no go. A r/t ticket to Malaysia during my vacation in December: $1313.