After Thailand, Stéphane and I found ourselves in Kuala Lumpur, where his parents live, with a couple of days to spare. On our first day to explore, we ventured to the main park area of KL (as it’s fondly called by locals and foreigners alike). Our first destination was the KL Bird Park which, generally, wasn’t an awful place. The birds were magnificent, and right there in the open with no wires, windows or cages.

It was a fairly large space, so we got right to exploring. Many different birds, including peacocks, were milling about. Our favorite was probably (what I imagine to be) the Milky Storks, a bird native to peninsular Malaysia and also endangered. They were quite the ham, as you can see.

One last note about this bird park — since it was open air, it was also INCREDIBLY hot. Sweltering, really, and we were very sweaty and walking slowly through the malaise. Worth it, though.