Penang’s Best Kept Secret

Penang’s Best Kept Secret

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It wasn’t long until you figure out that going out for beers in an predominantly Muslim country can get expensive fast. Beers are readily available but they will cost you. Our island living on Penang had us in search for beers before long. Beers at hawker centers are typically pretty cheap and locals like to supplement their grub with a nice, cold Tiger given the open, non-air-conditioned food courts. We were lucky to have one of these awesome nights with the locals at another hawker center sharing liter bottles of Tiger beer when they revealed to us where the cheapest watering hole is in the city.
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Staying a While Longer in Penang

Staying a While Longer in Penang

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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.

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Discovering Kuala Lumpur

Discovering Kuala Lumpur

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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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Our New Polish Friends

Our New Polish Friends

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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…

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Russian Language Challenge

Russian Language Challenge

I’ve been learning Russian for a while now.  I would consider myself somewhat of a language nerd, but embarrassingly, I am 31 and I still can’t really speak a foreign language.  Time to get real about this.

My goal

I want to be able to do everything in my social life in Russian by the end of March.
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