It was hard to be in Kuala Lumpur for so long when I was all jacked up to get on the road, but the good part about spending an extended time in a place is the the new family you make. I stayed at the Explorers Guesthouse near Chinatown, which was awesome and startedto feel like home.
Besides the many new traveler friends made, I developed a nice friendship with the night lady, Mom, and her son, Fizz. She is the sweetest lady, and became my Malaysian mom. She was always there to talk to late at night and give me advice. There were at least a few evenings that I came back late with people and lobby dance parties developed where she was trying to sleep, but always enjoyed it with a smile. When I was feeling stressed about everything going on she would put things in perspective and be the words I needed to hear. She was never short on girl advice too.
Fizz is 15, and became my Malaysian brother. A really solid guy with a good head on his shoulders. I always enjoyed our conversations and laughing about whatever goofy topic we had gotten onto. We have a deal that if I ever start a hostel or guesthouse in America I will bring him over to work for me.
The night before I left he gave me a cool bracelet. I didn’t have anything for him so I just gave him the shirt I was wearing. I’ll miss their smiling faces and positive energy.
After 17 days in Kuala Lumpur it was little bit strange to finally be leaving, but an exhilarating moment. As I left the city behind a feeling of freedom came over me. Free to take any road, as fast or slow as I wanted, and with no agenda. It was the moment I had been organising the previous month, planned for all summer, gotten serious about in El Salvador last spring, and have dreamed about for years. The hours spent organising, researching, contemplating were all worth it. I can’t believe the day has come. I knew I would make it happen, but it’s still a wild feeling when a dream starts to play itself out. For so long it was something that “would” happen, but now it’s something that “is” happening. I can’t wait for this adventure to unfold, the good and the bad, the happy and the sad, and all the craziness that will come my way.