We took a trip to the inner city in the afternoon. And we were actually warned to stay close together and not wander off by ourselves this time round by our guide.
We took a mini van in and there’s a vast difference in the city architecture and vibe after we crossed boundaries.
The place is in quite abit if chaos, as things are all over the place. Cars clogged the alley, with food peddlers lining along the streets, selling vegetables, and other miscellaneous groceries.
I noticed a huge range of spectrum, from the ghetto-ish and abandoned buildings to the crazy sleek sky scrapers that stands tall, oblivious to the other end of its extreme.
The now abandoned Carlton hotel lay waste to the side as the company fenced up the area to remain the last bit of its dignity.
There’s an eerie mall of oddity that only have 3 functioning floors, with only 2 lift buttons, being 1, and 50.
And it’s no other than the Carlton centre. The mall is bizarrely crowded, as if it is the only mall over here. The mall glass have cracks in all angles to signify its failed break in attempts.
We got weird stares as we walked down the street. We were warned to keep our phones and valuable to ourselves. It was a strange experience that left a bitter lingering after taste despite the breathtaking view at the top.
It felt as if the city is a dying machine with its gears and dogs reaching the end of its line. The cool and grey hues of the skies didn’t help at all.
You could take a bus in if you like, but given the warning by the locals, I’d rather you go with a bigger groups/via a guide.