we just loved hong kong. i’m so glad mark organised for us to go to a city to explore rather than an island to sit on the beach. it suits us better to be immersed in a new culture, figuring out how to get places, seeing how people live differently, and exploring. in hong kong we loved the hustle & bustle, the million trillion people walking everywhere all the time, the late nights, the contrast of a highly technologically advanced city still using trusted traditional methods (e.g. bamboo scaffolding !) & the dumplings !
we kept a travel journal of each day with bits & pieces as well as photos. I hope that one day the baby will ‘discover’ it & that i can relive the memories telling her story after story after story.
we experienced our first typhoon in HK ! it was quite surreal … when we woke up in the morning there was a T3 warning. we thought it was totally normal but apparently it was the first typhoon of the season. we cruised around that day & went to the Felix bar that night for a cocktail & to enjoy the famous light show from the Kowloon side. unbeknown to us, the typhoon warning had reached T8 (out of T10) which is quite serious ! so the light show was cancelled (we only realised this about an hour later!) ha ! while at the bar we met some folk from new zealand (who were very Green & let us know it because of the political climate in Australia at the moment) and we suggested they catch the ferry back to the island. being from oz, we are totally used to rough ferry rides … but let’s just say, in a T8 and a rickety old ferry in HK i just hope those NZ’ers survived !! walking home everyone in hong kong was bunkering down for the typhoon – all windows & doors were being taped, sand bags were put everywhere … it was a bit scary. but the typhoon hit full force while we were sound asleep & we woke up the next morning to a beautiful day.
we also loved the K11 shopping mall. It is a shopping mall that is also an art gallery. the art was inspiring & the motto of K11 is “in art we live” – perfect. we also had our first cup of english breakfast tea/affogato at the mall since we had left sydney – it tasted so good, but so wrong at the same time !
i just can’t get over how good the dumplings were in hong kong. it should be expected, but man-o-man i miss them. i think we’ll take a sneaky trip to china town in the next few days with the kids to satisfy our craving. i have also been drinking jasmine tea religiously since we got back … ha ! it’s so funny how a place can make you change habits (even if for a short while !).
hong kong. we love you. thank you for being so good to us.