We were headed for Thailand from Kuala Lumpur and decided to stop by Penang, an island in Malaysia. We were planning on staying for only a weekend but ended up staying for a week. This was mostly due to changing out itinerary due to poor weather in Thailand and we needed to buy time to solidify our travel plans. Though we were in Penang longer than first expected, we were far from bored.
Kuala Lumpur and Singapore have always been rivals. Many have said that Kuala Lumpur is a grittier version of the Sterile City. We did find that the cultural feel of these two cities had a lot in common: the multi-lingual, multi-ethnic, friendly people, beautiful high-rise buildings, vast shopping malls, and some killer Asian food. Much like Singapore, KL has many shopping malls and plenty of air conditioning. However, it’s not quite as easy to get around Kuala Lumpur while staying in air-conditioned malls and food courts.
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When we first arrived in Warsaw, I felt a little blue as I stepped out on the streets and saw a huge, ugly reminder of the soviet past that the Polish are understandably not keen on – the Palace of Culture and Science (previously known as Joseph Stalin Palace of Culture and Science). I couldn’t help but start to wonder if Warsaw and I will get along…