Kula Lampur

Trip Start May 23, 2006
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Trip End Jul 18, 2006


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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Tuesday 5-30

We started off early on a mini-bus tour of the sites around the city of Kula Lumpur.
Stopping at the Memorial for the Fallen solders, Independance square -where Kula Lumpur was founded. The Grand Mosque -largest in Malaysia and then to the Bata Caves.

The caves are "guarded" by a enormous golden Buda. You go up 270 stairs to reach the caves. Inside there are multiple temples for the Hindu religion. The inside side of the caves is huge- during festivals over 50,000 people can fit into them. The caves are limestone with dripping water, the ceiling is about 100 yards up-

The Hindu people place high regard for animals and the caves were home to about 25 monkeys. The monkeys are on the search for food and any thing that catches the light. One monkey grabbed a bag out of a lady's hand and began to eat the food in it.
One of the girl's in our tour had a Diet Coke can and the monkey grabbed her arm, and stole her Diet Coke- there is a picture of the monkey drinking the Diet Coke. Now those of you who know me -- there would be no way a monkey would get my Diet Coke --it would be a fight!

After the caves we went to the "space needle" building called the Nenara Tower- the fourth largest in the world. It is mostly a large telecommunication antenna. Very similar to those in the US. You go up to the top of the building and the 360 degree of the city.

After our tour - it was time for more shopping. We went to a "handcraft" area to look at the textiles and wood carvings. One guy entire shop was wood carvings of noses. When we asked why noses- He said because everyone has one. It was funny talking to a man who has spent his entire life carving noses. He said he likes the character and the individuality of noses.

After dinner, I tried my hand at the bartering. But after 30 minutes of discussing the price- I got tired and hot and gave up.
Maybe today I might finally buy something.
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wmontini
wmontini on

first note to Lauren
This sounds like a really cool trip. You are giving great descriptions of each place. How long did it take you to acclimate?
Talk to you later. Time to get the girls to bed.
Wendy

there_and_back
there_and_back on

Hello Wendy, G and Mia
Flying here -I got really turned around on my time of day. I ended up sleeping almost an entire day.

Getting use to the weather has been the toughest adjustment- Right now its about 95 and I am sweating so much on the keyboard my fingers are slippery. Air conditioning is a luxury-mostly saved for the hotel sleeping rooms.

Heard the girls soccer team did well in the tournment. Over here everything is decorated for the World Cup.

Let me know if there is anything you or the girls would like to see on the blog.

Lauren

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