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Blog 253 – Goodbyes and leaving Australia – April 2013
At the next two social sips we arranged to say farewell to the Victoria Guzzi Club and all our friends who had been so kind to us. We had a couple of great nights at the Leinster Arms saying goodbye and thank you to everyone in the Guzzi club of Victoria. Without them our trip might have been over. They were hospitable, patient, helpful and kind in generous measures and we will never forget the help and friendship we received from them.
Our bike was off on its voyage and would take a month to reach Vancouver, Canada so we had the opportunity to fly home (to England) and catch up with the folks, drop some stuff off, collect more stuff and sort our visas for the USA amongst other things. We booked flights home with Malaysia Airlines as they were the cheapest flight we could find. They also turned out to be the nicest airline we have ever flown with ! Having been in one place for a while we had accumulated lots of stuff so we bought a couple of big suitcases from a charity shop and commenced packing. Luckily we had 30kg luggage allowance each as our cases weighed 29.6 and 29.8 kg respectively. Traveling light as usual.
Karen’s good friend Jan had spent the last day at Pierre’s with us while I helped Pierre transfer an engine by way of thanks. It was a surreal day driving to the airport with Pierre and getting on a plane again after so long. We said an emotional goodbye, Pierre amongst many has been a great friend to us.
Flying with Malaysian airlines we had a stop over at their home base of Kuala Lumpur. As we had never been there we arranged to stop for three days rather than the usual two hours to have a look around. We had really good weather and could see the ground for most of the flight which was over eight and half hours long. Most of this was across South and West Australia over six hours worth. We could see a lot of the places we had ridden across on our travels around this huge country.
Kuala Lumpur is an interesting city and a real melting pot of cultures.
It is mostly a mix of Malay, Chinese, and Indian people and is officially a Muslim country although many other religions are also practiced including Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism. Everyone seems to get along and it is a tolerant peaceful society despite its diverse mixture of people’s.
Kuala Lumpur was founded in 1857 at the confluence of the Gombak and Klang rivers. In English, the name literally means “muddy confluence”. It was a British colony until independence in 1957 and that has left traces and influences to this day. We were surprised to find British 3 pin electric plugs everywhere rather than the usual round pin ones you normally find in Asia.
For the sake of catching up we are not going to get too deeply into Kuala Lumpur but here are some pictures with captions to give you a flavour of what it was like. We enjoyed our time there. Here are the iconic Petronas twin towers at night.
Kuala Lumpur houses the world’s largest free-flight walk in aviary which covers 20.9 acres.
There was neat bit where we could stand behind the waterfall.
Karen found the cute one while I tried to educate the Ostrich don’t bite the hand that feeds you.
We didn’t know they got Cassowary out here last time we saw these in the wilds of Australia.
The Menara tower towers over the city and gives a good view.
A mix of city scenes both the wealthy and poor.
Next up – more from Kuala Lumpur