The real Asia begins…
My first day in Malaysia at Reggae Mansion in Kuala Lumpur.
After waking up early in Singapore. After checking out of my hostel and walking to the bus station. After arriving at 10:30am and buying a bus ticket for noon. After being told “but you can get on that one that is leaving now.” After surviving passport control. After 6 hours on a bus, listening to music and staring out the window pretending I was in a movie.
I arrived in Kuala Lumpur.
I had directions to a hostel — Reggae Mansion — but they were from the bus station and I certainly wasn’t at a bus station. And so I pulled out my guidebook and tried and failed at finding a street sign and a local man helped point me in the right direction. He told me to go to the traffic light and turn right. Simple directions if I wasn’t in Asia. I went to the traffic light and then tried to cross the street for about 20 minutes. I didn’t think I would ever make it.
But eventually I was able to follow a couple of others and made it safely to the other side.
I checked into my hostel, into the tiniest room with the most awesome bed system that makes me feel like I’m sleeping in a fort.
And chilled out downstairs for a bit. I decided I wasn’t quite ready to leave the hostel that night, to once again brave the streets of Kuala Lumpur, and luckily they host nightly dinners so I signed up and awaited the mixed grill awesomeness that awaited me…
Waiting in line for my food to be cooked I met a girl from Hong Kong named Eming and we ate our dinner together. And then a few guys from Japan joined us for a drink.
We spent the rest of the night up at Reggae Mansion’s roof bar, enjoying the view, enjoying cheap cocktails, and enjoying Malaysia.