Some places are further away than others... Malaysia for example! I left Stillwater just after 10 am Saturday morning and made it to my hotel here in Kuala Lumpur just after 10 am Monday morning. That equals 37 quality hours spent on the road, in airplanes or airports. Makes the arrival so much sweeter though!
The last time I was in Kuala Lumpur was for the World Amateur Team Championship in 2002. I don't remember too much from the trip, but a couple of things are impossible to forget:
1) We were paired with Iran the first day of the tournament. The three ladies representing their country had hardly ever played golf before and the rules officials told us to let them start the holes from the fairway instead of the tee box since they couldn't carry the ravines (50-100 yds) in front of the tees. And we were also told to write down whatever number they said after each hole - a 14 easily turned to a 9 that way... Interesting experience to say the least! And the World Am started seeding teams after that event - I wonder why :)
2) We walked through a mall one evening after play. It was when people still bought music in record/CD stores... One such retailer played a song by Cajsa-Stina Åkerström when we walked past. Yes, they played a Swedish song, by a Swedish artist in the Swedish language. In Malaysia... I never quite understood why
The hotel we are staying at this week is connected to a mall and I'm going to walk through it every day waiting to hear something by a Swedish artist. I won't demand the Swedish language though, so First Aid Kit or The Tallest Man on Earth would do. If they're still stuck on Swedish my request would be Lars Winnerbäck!
Posted on Sun, October 7, 2012
by Karin Sjodin