Today has gone a little better. We looked at an apartment just two flights up from where our friends are staying, and it looks like it will work. TP was sold the moment we walked in and saw a poster of a hot 80s babe in a bikini playing a Flying-V guitar. JM was not so sold on the poster, and may have to find a beefcake to match, but also liked the apartment. Aside from a good thick layer of grime (the previous tenants were British; figures) (jm did not endorse that comment) and some unidentified condiments in the fridge, the apartment is just fine. Two big bedrooms, two bathrooms, a nice sized kitchen, and a good living room. Which means that we will be good to go when it comes to having people visit us. This means you, dear reader. Right now we are waiting for the landlord to complete the process of cleaning the place and re-furnishing all the broken stuff, so we hope to move in within a couple days.
We also took a cab over to the U of M library right near us. Turns out it’s a bit too far to walk and the bus service is unfathomable, but it’s just far enough that a cab will drive you and it costs only about a dollar. The library will suit my (TP’s) purposes just fine, and it appears that they will let me in as a guest researcher without having to pay any fees. It also happens to be near the U of M student canteen, meaning institutional-quality Malay, Indian, and Chinese food will be available for cheap whenever we want.
Tonight we plan to head out for a night on the town with the other Fulbright students who live in KL. Actually, three of the four of them live in this complex as well. It’s just a little slice of ‘Merica here.
In case you are wondering, we have seen the Petronas Towers. They are very pretty at night, but not so much during the day. (The Petronas Towers were the tallest buildings in the world until a couple months ago.) For some reason the towers don’t look that tall, though. We saw the Sears Tower this summer and thought that it looked much more impressive. At any rate, the Towers are cool, and we will have a view of them from our apartment. The neat thing about the design of the Towers is how they draw from Islamic architecture. So far, no sightings of Michelle Yeoh rappelling down the side of them, but we will keep you posted.