Oh the majestic, surprising Kuala Lumpur. It dashed many of my preconceived notions about KL and here’s a quick list of what replaced them instead:
- I thought it would be a quiet town that closed early. Wrong! One night, we were in an hour-long traffic jam because of a 24-hour sale at a department store. People are out at all times of day and night.
- The ethnic mixture of the Malay, Indians, and Chinese get along seemingly very well.
- I thought Americans were everywhere. I ran into Dutch, French, Colombians but no other Americans.
- Malaysians work insane hours. Working until 7 was considered early. Working until 10 or later is common.
- I wasn’t quite sure how conservative to dress as a woman visiting an Islamic country. I found that if you’re not Muslim, no one really cares how you dress in Malaysia. I still dressed more conservative than usual.
- Malaysia is beautiful. KL is a big city that grew ridiculously fast in a short period of time but nevertheless, it is filled with wonder at every corner.
- You can find any manner of amazing Asian cuisine: traditional Malayan, Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Thai, the list goes on and on including each countries’ regional cuisine. It was heaven.