Sat 6 Feb 10 - Sat 6 Feb 10 33 °C
Day two in Kuala Lumpur starting with us returning to KL Tower, where we had ended yesterday right before dinner. Our tickets were still good for a walk through the little patch of tropical jungle below the Tower, so we wanted to take advantage of that. In other words, we are cheap and wanted to suck those tickets for every penny they were worth.
The jungle was interesting. It's an actual tropical jungle, not just some setup made for tourists. It's small, but it's over 3 million years old. During the walk you have the KL Tower looming over you and every once in a while you catch a glimpse of nearby high rises and you remember, oh yeah, you are in a huge city.
After that we headed back to the mall beneath the Petronas Towers. Josh, in his sciency nerdiness and childlike sense of adventure, wanted to go to Petrosain, which is basically a children's discovery center sponsored by an oil company. And believe me, they have no problem dropping their name and information about oil drilling at every turn.
Today was basically Josh's day, so whatever he wanted to do, we did. This morning we heard from U Washington, one of the six schools Josh applied to for Grad School, and it was sadly not a response we were hoping for. This makes three rejections (Stanford, Washington, and Berkeley) and three schools yet to get back to us (U Penn, UCSD, and U Virginia). So Josh wanted to act like a five year old today... and that is exactly what he did.
We even both tried our hand at this thing called the Hurricane. You basically stand in this tube and get wind pumped into it at you at over 100 km an hour. It goes something like this.
My pictures didn't come out nearly as good.
We then wandered around the mall a bit more before heading home. The mall looks like just about any mall back at home, but even bigger. This thing is five stories tall plus the concourse (main level) and basement. It's insanely huge! I've heard the malls in Singapore are impressive, but I don't know how you can top that.
We are now back at the hostel debating going out to Chinatown tonight. We are right around the corner from it and haven't actually gone yet. There's some pretty loud thunder so we may get rained out. Tomorrow morning we head out to Melaka, a town about two hours south of here that's known for it's historical structures and Portuguese influence. We'll be there for one night, then a night in Singapore, then two on the tropical island of Bintan just off the coast of Singapore. Keep in mind we will have no electricity in Bintan, so don't expect an update from there. We probably won't even have running water, windows, or a bed (more like a mattress on the floor with a mosquito net over it). I'm so excited!