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Duranged

Our first day in Kuala Lumpur was marked by looking for food we couldn’t find. Malaysia is known as a melting pot of sorts of Malay, Indian, Chinese, Indonesians among others, resulting in longstanding fusion cuisine and must try dishes we haven’t encountered before. When we couldn’t find one place, we went to the mall near the Petronas towers. The humidity and heat – 95 degrees and maybe 95% humidity – sent us in to the AC. In contrast to Dubai, the malls were full. They also were home to Chinese drumming, dragon dances and many decorations heralding the year of the goat! We’d been enjoying Manglish, the way some words are transformed here. Teksi=taxi, (others?) and T’s favorite: ice cream cone. After breaks at the hotel pool and gym (one of the things we have been missing a lot, second to a laundry machine?), we did find some noodle dishes and local foods. And for desert- finally durian! This notorious stinky fruit lived up to its reputation and must be an acquired taste. Likely …

Blizzard

My last meal in Thailand was a Dairy Queen blizzard in solidarity with Boston peeps digging out. And because foolishly I thought we’d have more food options at the airport! But alas..our last Thai meal will likely be in Cambodia or New Zealand instead. We wished we’d arrived in Chiang Dao earlier or been able to stay longer. It was a sleepy town with beautiful town with many trails to explore, yummy places to eat and breathing was easy. I can understand how a wandering monk ceased wandering and planter roots here. A hop, skip and a jump and we were in Laos. The prospect excited and scared me as it meant time had tricked me again, and rather then moving slowly as it felt, weeks had flown by. Luang Prabang in Laos is a UNESCO world heritage site. This moniker comes with the recognition of being significant (here to architecture and religious history) and also getting some preservation funds. It also means there is finally no Starbucks. Laos is also one of five communist …