November 29, 2017

I paid 41 ringgets for a bus ticket to Penang. The journey was going to be 5 hours. I was very early and the lady said to come back by 10.20. What was I to do for half an hour? Have a cup of tea and a croissant of course. I ordered to take away as I was afraid I'd miss...

November 27, 2017

I was meant to volunteer at Travel Hub in the heart of KL in exchange for free accommodation for a few nights. They wanted me to produce lots of short promo videos. I dragged my heavy luggage in the sweltering heat from the apartment to the station, on the train and to...

November 23, 2017

Sophia (the flat mate), Amore (Sophia's friend) and I met James at the train station. He was a British teacher living in China on holiday in Malaysia for a week. Very polite and English. He was on his way to his hotel and asked us for directions. We got talking and the...

November 21, 2017

I put up a post in the Travellers in KL fb group asking if any other travellers fancied meeting up and Daniel got in touch. We spent a few nights talking through facebook. He was about ten years older and had a lot more life/travel experience than me. He told me he had...

November 16, 2017

I gently woke up mum in the early hours of the November morning to say goodbye. We hugged and I walked to the station, dragging my suitcase behind me with a lump in my throat. I had spent the last couple of weeks feeling… what? Alert? I had never been so far from home...

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