October 31, 2006

Cameron Highlands

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PALAU PANGKOR, MALAYSIA - After several days trekking around the cool (and rainy) Cameron Highlands, Pete, my new partner in crime, and I have migrated back to sea-level for some beach time on Palau Pangkor before we continue our pilgrimage Northward on this, the Asian leg of my adventure. I expect to be in Thailand a week.

October 25, 2006

Kuala Lumpur

Petronas TowersKUALA LUMPUR, MAYLASIA - I feel I'm slowly wading from the shallow end of the pool toward deeper waters. Kuala Lumpur is far less orderly than sparkling Singapore to the south, though the Islamic skyscrapers rising out of the jungle are a testament to how modern the city has become.

I've spent the last few days here touring around, riding the subway and meeting people everywhere I go. We very nearly shook hands with the current Prime Minister but got distracted by a free (and delicious) buffet and missed the opportunity.

Before I got here I'd never really contemplated Malaysia. I always new it was here, but never gave it a second thought. I'd never considered that actual tigers live in the countryside or that the Petronas Towers (tallest buildings in the world until 2004) existed in an Islamic country. It's a world away from home and I like it.

I've teemed up with a few other travellers, we've all agreed that we're ready to get out of the city and into a less urban environment.