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November 22nd 2009
Published: November 22nd 2009
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Home to the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix
KL is an awesome city. So much to see and do here. The first afternoon we went for a walk around the city and worked out how to navigate all the streets....it would be quite easy to get lost here if you don't get your bearings right. In the evening we took to sky train across the city to the Petronas Twin Towers. These things are massive! You got dizzy just looking up at them so I can't imagine would it would be like at the top. They are all lit up at night as well and it all looked very impressive. We decided against going up them though as you need to get tickets and the que to get them usually starts at 6am! After checking out the towers we went to the Reggae Bar (popular spot for backpackers and travellers from all over the world) and had some food. A bit pricey compared to other places we have been but definatly worth it though. Met some people form Australia and Sweeden and it turned into a really good night. However...despite the name...there was not much reggae music...so we ventured off in search for some Bob Marley and we stumbled across the Monkey Bar...we were the only people in there but the music more than made up for that! The best part of KL for me though was a little trip I took this morning. After years of watching the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix on the television when I was younger I thought I could not go to KL and not visit the circuit. So...I woke up early, grabbed some food at a small market (there is fresh (hopefully washed) fruit everywhere here) and took the sky train to KL Sentral bus station. from they i managed to find the bus that goes outside the city to the airport/circuit (and it only cost RM8 which is about 1 pound 20p!) The mission continues as I then took a taxi from the airport for about 10 mins out to the Sepang International Circuit. The driver was keen to see the track as well so he came in too. I was pretty luck to actually get in the grounds because there was an open track day going on where people turn up with motorbikes and race around the circuit. If this wasn't going on the whole place would have been closed and I would have seen nothing. First I went up through the VIP lounge of the grandstand out onto the top viewing area above the pit lane. From here there was a good view of the start/finish straight and the first corners. After that I went down through the garages into the pit lane and over to the pit wall where all the teams sit during the race. It was weird to see it so bare because the whole place only really comes to life on a race weekend. I also sat in the little control box by the track and got a photo with the chequered flag. I guess it may seem like a strange outing to take but i thought it was awesome to see the track in real life after following it so closely when i was younger. Just need to see the race now! After the trip back i met the others to go out for some lunch, caught a quick nap and then went to the market in the evening, had a another walk around and a nice meal. Heading off to Melaka tomorrow morning. Will just miss Jamie as he arrives in KL tomorrow afternoon!


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