An Interlude

Although I’m cycling on the west coast of Malaysia right now I couldn’t help but intersperse my Asia blogs with this one. On the last day of 2016 I went for a bicycle ride near my home in SW France. It was 13 or 14 degrees C and perfect. Here are a few photos.

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Kuala Lumpur

While many cities can boast of being a mix of old and new, Kuala Lumpur has its own way of doing it. The giant towers of glass and aluminum steal the show. In fact, included in these towers is some quite striking architecture rather than just enormous shiny boxes. Look down though. In the foreground, with the modern buildings behind them are the colonial shophouses of Chinatown and Little India. Most of these are less then 100 years old and speak of a not-to-distant colonial past while behind them, enormous and shiny, are the symbols of the new Malaysia. And speaking of Chinatown and Little India, it seems that three distinct cultures and at least four religions get along quite well here, mixing in the workplaces as well as in public.