Having stayed a tad too long in KL to the point of starting to nitpick at a city I had initialy found a soft spot for, it was mirrored this morning in a hyperactive German chick losing the rag at me because she thought I was making us late for our mutual bus out. Despite the stand only being a 5 minute walk away I was co-erced into a taxi only to predictably spend the next 40 minutes waiting on it, it had been synonymous with the gay Malay guy at the hostel who wasnt happy I didnt want to be his fantasy, and some scary Hispanic chick with a bad attitude who wouldnt even open the dormitory door for me. Fortunately Hebrew Helen showed up for the same bus and saved me from the Helga from Hell, and it was a chatty 4 hour trip up into the Highlands with endless palm tree plantations giving in eventualy to mixed tropical and alpine forest. Curious to see how a Malay hill station compared to its Indian equivelants, Tanah Rata transpired to be an overtly touristy hybrid of McLeodganj and Shimla, thankfully retaining a small scale charm even though it was a thoroughly modern development. Prudish Hebrew Helen bafflingly opted to stay at an alternative pricey joint lest, god forbid, I might actually manage to get her pants off, but we soon met up to do one of the many trekking paths in the area. It was just a short jaunt out along the river to a nice waterfall and then through trickier terrain up to a watchtower, complicated by her insisitence at trying to get us lost in the dark. We crawled back into town though eventually to savour a mutual favourite, Arab food, which turned out to be almost inedible, then after much deliberation we finally plumped for booking a tour starting the next morning. It was just as well we managed to talk the price down a bit since it appeared to be the most expensive on offer around town. It included everything that we wanted to do though at one fell swoop. Walking around, we were so glad for the new found freshness, a very pleasant British summer's evening to match the setting it seemed. I slept with blankets that night for the first time in months.