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In 2016 we took a nearly 4-month sabbatical that has had a lasting impact.  We spent a month in Thailand, then 2 weeks in Cambodia, 2 weeks in Laos, and then another 2 months in Thailand.  There was so much we wanted to see, so much we wanted to do, and we were constantly on the go.  It wasn’t until over half way through our trip that we finally began to slow down.  We stayed in the same places longer.  We took longer walks.  We took naps.  We wasted more time.  We enjoyed each other.  We became the owners of our own time. 

It was somewhere on a deserted beach in Koh Lanta Noi that we began dreaming how great it would be to not have to get on the flight back home.  We wanted nothing more than to continue.  To see the next new place.  To experience the next new experience.  And to continue slowly.  That is probably where Puttering around the World really started.  In our hearts- in our longing to enjoy everything life has to offer. 

It wasn’t even 4 months after our return from our sabbatical that we were still looking for that feeling of being the owners of our own time.  There was more dreaming and more wishing.  Then, about 6 months later we decided to do it again, but for longer and slower, and more permanently, ideally for 2 or 3 years or longer.  So, we set a date.  We gave ourselves 14 months to prepare.  To tell our families.  To tell our employers.  To sell our stuff.  To prepare ourselves.  But how do you prepare for something where the unknown is significantly greater than the known? 

We are also going to do our travels a little different this time.  We are heading out with only hand luggage, and our golf clubs, instead of checked baggage!  That might make it a little more challenging, and maybe a little less flexible.  But we really want to play golf all over the world, so that is what we are going to do.  Can’t you just see us checking into hostels, with our clubs on our backs??!!

Sharing our story of Slow Travel, while hopefully making a few Quick Pars along the way. 

That’s Puttering around the World.

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  • “And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” – Randy Komisar .
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  • No trip to Kuala Lumpur is completed without having seen the Batu Caves.

For this post we wrote a whole, let's just say fact sheet, on when the caves were discovered, how tall the golden Hindu god Murugan is in front of the
entrance to the caves, etc. But it just doesn't feel right writing so "dry" about it. 
As we were there, the air was so hot and humid that walking up the 272 stairs to the inside of the caves felt not at all like walking up the stairway to heaven. We were entertained by lots of monkeys, which helped distract us on how hot it was. But once inside we were so amazed at the limestone, the colourful shrines and altars, that we think you should just go and see it for yourself. Don't you agree?? . . .

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  • Sometimes it is the unexpected things that you remember the most.

We went to the Batu Caves and were wowed by the colours, exhausted by the steps, and inspired by the believers.

But, what surprised us most about the day were the macaque monkeys! These cheeky little guys absolutely stole the show! And, since we left there with everything that we brought, thankfully that is all they stole! . . .

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  • We read that this is one of the most photographed buildings in all of Kuala Lumpur. It was completed in 1897 and was built to house the British Colonial governmental offices. 
We especially liked the 'onion' styled domes that are made of copper, together with red bricks and white arches.
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  • Kuala Lumpur is the only city in the world that has a natural rainforest located right in its center.
We arrived mid morning, too late for the joggers and too early for the tour buses, and we felt like we had the park to ourselves!
We enjoyed walking high above the ground on the Canopy Trails. What we didn't realize beforehand was that tlhe park offers such incredible views of the KL Tower- truly the cherry on top!
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  • From the very first moment we arrived, we fell in love with Kuala Lumpur. We love the diversity and the variety this city has to offer. Whether it is the mixture of people, the different religions, the delicious food, or the architecture, both tradition and modern blend together here. 
We were also really amazed at how green the city is. And clean. 
Today we learned that Kuala Lumpur plants 30.000 trees each year, and they plan to increase that to 100,000 trees per year by 2020. .
What are your impressions of Kuala Lumpur?
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  • Kuala Lumpur . .

How excited we are to finally be here in this beautiful city! So often have we looked at pictures of the Petronas Towers, marvelled at the architecture of KL, and admired the country for all it has to offer. And now we are here!

We will stay for a month in our wonderful, light and spacious apartment, go to the gym, cook, explore the city, play some golf, and plan the following weeks in Malaysia.

So far we haven't done too much sightseeing as we are still without our credit card, but that will change very soon. Wohoooo!

But we have enjoyed our stay so far in our apartment, where we have created a few itineraries for traveling through Malaysia. And, of course, we went to see the Petronas Towers!

Maybe you can tell by the picture that we really feel at home here. At least, we are sure, you can tell how happy we are!

Do you do anything to make you feel at home while you're on the road?
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  • SUMATRA .

This trip has been different than we thought it would be. If you read our blog "Stranded at Lake Toba", you know that our credit card details had been stolen, and we had to cancel the only credit card that we had with us. That left us with decisions that we wouldn't have normally made. We probably did less than we would have. Do we regret that we saw less than we had planned?
No, after all, we saw Orangutans! 
We have also been overwhelmed by how many people have offered us help. Thank
you for that!

And now, we are ready for MALAYSIA! WOHOOOOOOO!!! . .

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  • We saw these beautiful looking flowers while we were in Sumatra- does anyone know what they are??
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  • “Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson .
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