TDA decided to bus us into Kuala Lumpur, so I packed up my bike in the parking lot the night before, so that task would be over and done with. I feel Ihave had enough biking, so I am ready to put the bike away for the winter.
We got into KLin the morning, and thankfully our hotel rooms were ready for us, so I threw my stuff into the room and headed through Chinatown to explore the town.
I had been warned that this is no a pedestrian-friendly town. There must have been a period when it was desinged for walking around, because there are a lot of arcades providing shade in the heat of the day, but some of them are blocked by tables, merchandise, motorcycles, or just walls to make people walk elsewhere. Walking around at lunch time, I saw lots of office workers getting together to have lunch al fresco in a street restaurant.
Went down to the Central market, which turned out to be a bunch of tourist souvenir shops. So, I took a cab up to the government-run crafts museum/stores, and found that to be a bit more interesting. I managed to time the taxi ride and the museum for the moment when the skies opened up and the rain fell, so that I was able to walk over to the KLCC, which is the local name for the shopping centre at the base of the Petronas towers. It is a huge, very western shopping centre; lots of big brands, even Choppard and Burt’s Bees! I found the chorus singing Christmas carols (White Christmas) completely out of place.