Friday, 18 July 2008

Wed 2 July: The early bird doesn’t catch the worm…

Up at 6am and wide awake thanks to jet lag. K also wide awake so decided to take advantage of it and got up for big buffet breakfast. Followed this with a morning dip in the outdoor swimming pool – it’s fairly small but we had it to ourselves (everyone else still asleep probably!). Headed to Petronas Towers around 12 only to find that all the day’s viewing platform tickets had been allocated by around 10.30 – oops, if only we’d known we could have been first in the queue!

Banana leaf curry for lunch in a fairly greasy looking café but lots of local people eating there so K figured it would be good – and was proved right! Absolutely delicious range of vegetable curries and dahl all for about £5 for both of us.

Afternoon spent emailing, snoozing and watching Wimbledon on hotel TV.

Headed out in early evening to explore. Took the monorail, wandered around old colonial part of town then trained over to Chinatown. Walked around the markets, ignored all the cries of traders trying to sell us fake watches and then decided to walk over to Bikit Bintang, which is heralded as the Champs Elysees of KL – er, I think not! Seemed to be a line of massage parlours and fast food places and not much else. By the time we reached the end, we’d been walking round for about 20 mins, which doesn’t sound like a lot until you remember that the humidity and heat here make it like walking in a sauna! But we decided to keep walking (in for a penny, in for a pound and all that) and headed back up towards the area near our hotel where we’d discovered a nice set of restaurants. Unfortunately the one we picked this evening was the short straw with a disappointingly bland chicken curry and pretty slack service. Oh well. Eventually made it back to hotel by which time we were both reduced to pools of sweat. Watched some more tennis, packed up for leaving tomorrow, then sleep.

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