Yesterday was a wonderful day for learning more about Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur. From 9am until 2pm I enjoyed a tour called Eat, Pray and Love Walking Tour in the old part of the city and it was excellent. There were about 12 of us in the group from such places as England, Australia, Hong Kong, Macedonia, Holland and the USA (see group photo below.) We visited a Taoist temple, a Hindu temple and viewed a mosque from the outside as our guide explained the local customs and some history. In between these visits we enjoyed the local cuisine. For breakfast we enjoyed what most Kuala Lumpur people like to have: teh tarik (see this YouTube video to see how the preparers make a show out of the cooling/mixing process of this very sweet tea) and some foods that were great but I can’t remember all the names: one was ‘roti kaya’ – a kind of crepe with egg and scallions inside and smeared with coconut butter. For lunch we had various Chinese dishes and fruits, many of which I’d never had. Our tour guide, Erina, is native-born Malaysian and ethnic Chinese and she was excellent at her job. Our last stop was to a “hole in the wall” alleyway (where I would never tread alone) and upstairs to a narrow room where Indian food was served to us on a banana leaf. We ate it with our fingers (and it was not what you would consider “finger food” – see photo below.) We were told to eat with the right hand only; a custom which grew from the fact that poor people never had the luxury of toilet paper and used their left hand and water for that job. Below are some photos from the tour
After a short rest back at the hotel, I took the local subway from near the hostel to “downtown” for a visit to the famous Petronas Towers – the twin towers built in 1995 which have a distinctive ‘bridge’ running between them and which are designed to evoke the twin minarets of a mosque. Up close the parallel patterns of bright steel seem art-deco’ish. The photos below show me on the bridge and three of the nice young ladies who ushered us through. The photos taken outside hopefully do justice to the impressive sight of the buildings at night.