Word of the Day: Glass
Notable / Highlight of the Day: I was so groggy when I woke up. I normally wake up and feel great, but I must not have slept great.
I was quietly eating/staring into space when Marcel came to join me. We chatted for a while and he told me about his meditation course he was working through. I was off to check out the street-art rich city but we decided to meet up around 5 in the evening to check out Komtar tower, which formerly held the title of tallest building in SE Asia for about two years but was dethroned by another skyscraper in Kuala Lumpur.
I started walking and started noticing bike lanes tracing roads and sidewalks. I was inspired my Marcel’s ride and decided I’d rent a bike to check out the city.
I rode all over George Town checking out street art and noting places for Juli and I to come back to. I wanted to take the funicular up the mountain, but the sky was growing angry and the wind was picking up, so I opted instead to find some food.
I don’t know what I was thinking going to a restaurant recommended by the NYTimes, but China House was a charming, beautifully hipster, and expensive choice.
I had to return the bike after lunch but continued on foot around the less touristic part of George Town and came across a number of other fun and interesting wall murals and a row of beautiful rainbow homes.
I finally headed back to cool down and rest for a bit before meeting back up with Marcel to visit Komtar. But when we got their the roof was closed due to weather, so we could only go to the 65th floor observation deck.
The observation deck was a project that must have had a lot of chefs in the kitchen, so to speak. There was a glass platform looking down 65 floors, a hair-raising outdoor ropes course circling the exterior, a chair made of gold horseshoes, silly bar games, photos against a green screen to put you in local landmarks, a classy nightclub, and of course a gift shop among other distractions.
As we made it to the 65th floor we watched as the budding sunset was overtaken by storm clouds. We spent about an hour wishing we could do the ropes course and taking silly selfies on the glass floor to the view below. We even watched as they recorded an advertisement for the space.
Afterwards we headed back near the hostel for drinks and amazing (and not overpriced) burgers at the Junk, where we had ended our previous night.
Current Location: Penang, Malaysia
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