One thousand three hundred eighty-eight days. That’s a long time & that is how long it has been since I last travelled in earnest, meaning the last time I lived out of a backpack, used a guidebook & lived to a daily budget. It has been that many days since I returned home from my Korea to Ireland overland trip back in May of 2008 (yep, my fastidious nature saw me working out the day count). One thousand three hundred eighty-eight days. That’s about 198 weeks, or a smidgen under 4 years, most of which I have spent living & working full-time in Seoul, South Korea. A lot has changed in those (almost) 4 years: I’ve gotten older, lost a bit more hair, & have developed – no pun intended – something of a photography habit. But some things haven’t changed; I still have an intense desire to travel & I’ve still managed to avoid grown-up commitments (kids, a mortgage etc.), commitments that would prevent me setting out on the open-ended trip I’ve just embarked on. I’m sitting in one of the many no-frills transit lounges in Kuala Lumpur International Airport, a.k.a KLIA, en route to Bangkok, Thailand. I left Seoul some 16 hours ago and as I type I’m waiting,  waiting, waiting on my connection to Bangkok. To pass some of the 6 hours total that I have to kill (Air Asia flights may be cheap but they sure make you wait – you best not be any kind of hurry) I went looking for something interesting to photograph.

Silhouettes of transit travellers looking out onto the tarmac from the departures terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. March 6th 2012.

Silhouettes of transit travellers in the departures terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport (map-pointer-icon), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. March 6th 2012.

There’s nothing much else to photograph here (I’ve looked) so if you don’t mind I’ll go back to waiting. I guess the real fun starts tomorrow in Bangkok, a city I’m quite familiar with (this will be my fourth visit), tomorrow when this one thousand three hundred eighty-eight-day sojourn really ends. And about time too.

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