July 22, 2014

Impressions of Malaysia

Landing in Kuala Lumpur at six in the morning after a short flight from Cambodia and watching the streets come to life. Being surprised by the mix of old stones, colonial buildings an skyscrapers in the city center. Getting lost in Chinatown and Little India and feeling strangely invisible in the middle of a colored crowd of veiled women. Trying strange street food and drinking purple juice in the Night Market. Spending the day in the Museum of Islamic Arts, one of the most beautiful I've ever seen. Scrap the oily dirt off my feet after having walked feverishly all day in the city. Boarding a bus for the Cameron Islands and feeling the air getting colder while we drive up. Settling in a very old guesthouse in the mountains and spending quiet evenings sharing stories with other travelers. Going to dinner with a perfect stranger. Getting up early, trekking through the jungle to reach the top of the Gunung Princhang. Finally at the top, sweaty and exhausted but ecstatic, gazing at the wooden hills that unfold to the horizon, nothing else in sight. Malaysia is weird and changing and wonderful, ancient forests swallowing villages and futuristic cities sprouting from the earth like mushrooms. I can't wait to see more.

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