My trans-sub-continental expedition draws to a close as my father and I stuff ourselves into a bus hurtling towards the airport. But where to next? Why, back to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia of course, where I first set foot in Asia about one and a half years ago. But enough sentimentality. After all, I’ve seen KL, and seven hours is hardly enough to rediscover the city over a half-hour away from the airport. I plot the train stops between KUL airport and KL proper, and settle on Putrajaya, administrative capital of Malaysia, as the ideal location for a day’s wanderings. Our red-eye leads us to wonder if it is even worth it to spend another day, and two precious spaces in our passports, to come back to Malaysia, but when I see an opportunity I take it. Plus, train tickets to Putrajaya run hardly 5 USD, and I love a good layover trip. I am falling asleep on the KL Express platform when the train arrives.
At sunrise, arbitrary Putrajaya is more than a point on the map. In fact, it feels like the center of the world are mosques, bridges, and government offices reach into the sky like Youngstown’s Arms of God. And the best part is that we get it all to ourselves.
What we don’t get to ourselves is the McDonald’s across the river, where the early-morning commuters converge on a quick breakfast before the day begins. I order the most Malaysian thing on the menu: a bowl of rice with a fried egg, dried anchovies, and a sweet, brown hoisin-like sauce. My dad gets an Egg McMuffin. My meal is good, but after a night of not sleeping on AirAsia, it isn’t quite what I need to push through to another evening flight to Japan. Regardless, we persevere and see some of Putrajaya’s dominating architecture before stumbling onto the train back to the airport, after a pit stop at a 7-11 for coffee and ice cream, of course.
Victor Bernabei is just another millenial travel blogger. But here's the twist: He isn't a millenial! His goal is to see as many countries as he can, and spread the message that the world is not as scary as the news wants you to believe, and that there is beauty in all people, places and things.