Taylor’s Thanksgiving Takeover

Happy thanksgiving from Thailand!

Since our last post we’ve made our way through Malaysia and have been treating ourselves to hot weather, amazing food, beautiful views and loads of relaxation (i.e. not hiking). Malaysia was very kind to us and the vast metropolis of Kuala Lumpur provided a much needed respite from physical activity and indulgence for our tastebuds. The food was a dizzying yet harmonious combination of cultures, much like the city itself. We’ve encountered the best cuisine near our hostel in Chinatown, discovered amazing traditional Malaysian street food, gorged on Chinese steamed buns, imbibed much needed Belgian beer, and over indulged several times on mouthwatering Indian fare. Needless to say we’ve been doing a great job feeding ourselves this week despite being far away from any traditional thanksgiving meals.

Kendall enjoying our newfound love, watermelon juice

The Batu Caves, a famous Hindu temple

The Petronas Towers in downtown Kuala Lumpur

Testing our fear of heights in the glass bottom cage on the Kuala Lumpur communications tower

Hokkien Mee with seafood, a traditional Malaysian meal

As today is thanksgiving it’s hard not to reflect a bit and take stock of all we have to be thankful for.

During our travels we’ve been fortunate in meeting so many helpful, kind and unique individuals. From the yak herder who helped us in an unfamiliar situation and then proceeded to find us a lodge for the night to the man who took us to the airport at 4:30 in the morning after meeting us once and every single shop owner who explained what exactly we were eating, I’ve again been amazed at the extreme generosity and willingness to help we’ve encountered from strangers. At the end of the day that’s what I love most about travel; to experience another culture’s love and the generosity provided to complete strangers.

On this trip and many others, I’ve been reminded again and again just how lucky we truly are in the lives we leave behind. Having families who encourage our nomadic tendencies with tears in their eyes but smiles on their faces means everything. And to have such understanding bosses, coworkers and best friends who encourage us to chase the unknown is invaluable to us. It’s been incredibly hard to say goodbye but we can’t wait to swap stories when we return.

It’s funny how travel to faraway places can often bring to mind home. Whether it’s comparing a set of mountains to something we’ve seen hiking in the states or telling a group of newly made friends what the best part of where we live is, sometimes traveling reveals more about where you’ve come from than where you actually are. So today we’re thinking of home and thinking of you, so grateful for it all.

Much love,

T & K

3 Comments

  1. I’m catching up on your blog. Life here has been beyond busy through the holidays and the new year. I have to say that I would love to hear more about the beautiful picture you posted about the The Batu Caves. So glad you have had generous encounters like the yak herder. Glad your thanksgiving went well. All the best – Troy

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