The Journey

Selamat datang ke Malaysia! Welcome to Malaysia!¬†It’s only Day Four in the country, but this is a phrase we’ve heard countless times already. So many Malaysians¬†have been so welcoming and excited by the arrival of foreigners to the country they clearly love so much.

 

IMG_5764After some tearful goodbyes at BWI airport, I boarded a plane to LAX, with another AFSer right in front of me. We arrived in Los Angeles at about 10 am local time (although it felt like 6 pm thanks to waking up at 4:30 am that morning), and once all the other Malaysia-bound AFSers arrived, we began orientation and leaders talked about all things AFS.

 

 

 

The next day, we boarded a plane headed to Tokyo. This plane was so cool! There were personal entertainment TV/ game sets, free blankets and pillows, snacks, meals, and green tea ice cream! I spent the 10-hour flight watching movies (some in Malay) and playing games with my new friends.

The Tokyo airport was far less crowded than expected, and it reminded me of an Ikea/stereotypical futuristic Japanese infrastructure mix.

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Fancy vending machines that sold ice cream!
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Some dried squid for a delicious airplane snack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Magazines with questionable content

 

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Our first encounter with squat toilets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six hours later, we arrived in Kuala Lumpur!

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KLIA adorned with Hari Raya decorations

After getting through customs, we met up with the AFSers from Italy, bought bottles for water for the equivalent of $0.50, and boarded a bus to head to our hotel, which we reached around 3 am local time.

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Lovely hotel room shared with an AFSer from Italy
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Wonderful “one size fits all” slippers for both men and women?
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