Jalan Alor

Today’s Photography 101 challenge is about streets.  The goal of this task is learn about an “establishing shot: a wide-angle photo that sets up a scene.”  For various reasons, I elected not to take a new picture today so my photo doesn’t exactly fit the wide-angle suggestion.  (But, I did learn about it and it made me learn about some of the features on my camera that I haven’t explored yet.  So I think I have completed the challenge!)

I considered using this photo in the “home” challenge and I am happy to be able to write about it today!  This photo is of Jalan Alor, the famous “food street” in KL.  It’s one of Micah’s and my favorite places in the city in general, and it’s easily my favorite place to go out to eat.  The lanterns above the street are really beautiful.  The street is filled with stalls and restaurants serving delicious food.  The tables are right on the street, so it can be difficult to navigate with cars, mopeds, and people all trying to make their way through.  On the weekends, it is packed!  The servers stand in the street with menus, often times shoving the menu into your face, to try to attract you to their establishment and that can be overwhelming sometimes.  There are also people trying to sell you various souvenirs, accessories, and bootleg movies.  Some of the menus are in English and some aren’t, but there are usually pictures and most of the servers we have met understand enough English that we can get by.  It’s a great place to go with a group of people because you can order lots of different things and share them.  It’s also a great place to go for people watching.  In terms of price, it’s more expensive than the small hawker stalls near our hotel, but there are also many more food and stall choices and I think the food is higher quality, too.  It’s about comparable in price to eating at a traditional restaurant, so it falls under “once in a while” in our budget.  The lanterns, the delicious smells, the hustle and bustle- it’s what we hoped we would find in Kuala Lumpur.

Jalan Alor, the most delicious street in the whole city.

Jalan Alor, the most delicious street in the whole city.

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