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The muddy estuary, Irish bars and jungle gardens

sunny 38 °C

We arrived in Kuala Lumpur in our rather non-descript maroon Proton saloon at the inconvenient time of 5.30pm on Friday afternoon. We love driving in new cities during rush hour - especially big, modern cities with 6 lane carriage ways and imposing metal sky scrappers! Needless to say, my map reading skills were awful and Charlie did a tremendous job at navigating our way into the Indian quarter of KL where we wanted to stay.

Our guesthouse was situated just outside both the Indian and Chinese quarters and, as ever, was typically basic and slightly grubby. We often find ourselves in the bizarre situation of rating levels of grubbiness between potential guesthouses to stay in - can we stomach the dirty linen more in Fat Harry's than the fact that the bathroom in Summer View has no toilet seat? These dilemmas continued in KL and after one night in our first guesthouse the cardboard walls that separated our room from the communal film room started to wear rather thin on both of us. So, with typical efficiency, Charlie scouted out the nearest contenders and we moved over the road to a guesthouse whose name I cannot recall at all.

After a rather tiresome first day in KL Charlie and I decided to really make the most of our city break - akin to that of a European city break. We explored the majority of the business district, KL Tower and Petronas towers in pretty much one day. The Petronas towers are really very impressive, the twin metal towers are connected at the 42nd floor by the largest two-storey bridge in the world and standing at the foot of them I felt slightly overwhelmed if I am honest! We even got a chance to visit the mall for our dinner and then went to the cinema to see 'Man on a Ledge'. In short - we had our very own evening in a Malaysian Lakeside!

Onto the most important day of the weekend - Liverpool v Cardiff. Now as you all know, Charlie had been badgering me for a few weeks to go with her to the pub to watch the League cup final. So, like all good fiancée’s, I agreed. I know, I really am that giving! We decided to scout out an Irish pub in the city centre as we both felt it would have a pretty good vibe for the game. So, in our completely stupid ignorance, we arrived at 1.30pm (the game was not due on until midnight our time) hoping to check the pub out and then come home for some lunch. Little did we know that we would meet the drinking whirlwind partnership of Charlie and Lesley - a rather charming ex-pat couple from Hartlepool. 6 hours later and about 6/7 beers later (my) Charlie and I rolled out of the pub rather a little worse for wear with sore heads and two new drinking buddies...

...Fast forward a few hours; a couple more beers, some over priced food, one football match with extra time and penalties and we rolled home to bed with sore heads and emerging hangovers. Oh, and Charlie was also over the moon that Liverpool won!

The final leg of our Malaysian journey took us to Melaka, a heritage town on the South West coast of the country. By this time we were really craving some time to relax as the previous few days traveling had really taken it out of both of us. Charlie had read about a guesthouse in the centre of town named Emily's with outdoor showers and outdoor hut-like accommodation. We both liked the sound of this, particularly in the heart of the town. We were not disappointed either! Emily's turned out to be a real gem of a find, built completely out of recycled and salvaged materials by the owner Malik, it was a real peaceful hideaway for us both to recharge the batteries, which was well needed!

Oh, by the way Kuala Lumpur actually means muddy estuary!

Ross and Charlie

Posted by charlieandross 20:33 Archived in Malaysia

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Your latest blog had us laughing out loud and it sounds like the unpleasant part of your journey is now a distant memory. It was lovely 'Skyping' you yesterday and with Scott, Anna and Ollie in attendance with us, it felt like a mini family reunion. We all thought you both looked really well and we are excited to hear how the next part of the adventure works out.
Love to you both, travel safe,
Mum and Dad B xx

by vancoevorden13

Well hello team travel!

Been ages since I posted anything, so just wanted to say we are still enjoying your blog so much, and your travels are still gripping us! You are now passing places which ring so many bells - Petronas towers, Fat Harry's, and the mall a.k.a 'Malasyian Lakeside' - Ross you're bang on mate! Chuckled at the drinking stories - wish so much we were with you just to see your smiley faces. You both look fantastic in the photos and completely in the zone - it's so great. Loved seeing the pics of you all when Lee met up with you - can't believe how fast time is going - please savour it all...... much love to you both from everyone here. Glad to see you both safe and happy - you are missing nothing. It'll all be here when you get back!

All our love

Phil & Ang

by philsnipes

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