Wednesday, 17 June
Hong Kong has exceeded my expectations in so many different ways. the first way was when I expected it to not be as hot and humid as it is. to correctly explain the weather situation in Hong Kong, my mother said to me, “congratulations, you’ve brought us to hell.”
it’s HOT. and it’s HUMID. like you walk up a mountain and you’re drenched. it’s a beautiful thing.
but in all reality, Hong Kong is amazing. it’s this huge city surrounding a mountain on an island. I honestly don’t know how to explain it better than that. the food is delicious, the people are so nice, and everything is in English, which makes it so much easier for me to understand my surroundings.
because we only had one day in Hong Kong, we decided to go to Victoria’s Peak (Chinese translation unknown) to get the best view of the city/island. because it was hot, we thought we would take the tram up- and we would be there. so wrong. we did take the tram up most of the mountain, but we ended up having a 30 minute steep walk up to the top of the mountain in the 90 degree heat with 66% humidity.
it was so worth it. as soon as we got to the top, we sat down and just admired the beauty that is Hong Kong. there is a 360 degree view of the island from Victoria’s Peak, and it made being completely soaked to the core with sweat worth it.
what can I say? hong kong, you’re beautiful.
after that, we walked back down the mountain to a taxi stand and went to the other side of the island into a section called Stanley Market, right along the coast. the water was beautiful and there were all these little shops along the waterfront.
however, jet lag soon seeped in, and we went back to the hotel for a nap.
my cousin, lauren, is a resident of Hong Kong, and when she got off of work, we went to an Italian wine bar, where one of her friends was entertaining a wine master from Australia.
you guys, expats (or foreigners) in Hong Kong are extremely friendly. 10 minutes in, they were talking as if we’d been friends for years. after that wine bar, 121 BC, we went for a ride for a little bit on the worlds longest escalator. that was a little anti-climatic, but still kind of exciting.
what really positively surprised me was the expat community in Hong Kong. they’re everywhere, and if you bump into them on the street, 5 minutes later you’re exchanging numbers to go running together, or to grab food at a later date. it’s part of what makes being a foreigner in Hong Kong so fun- this community of people so willing and wanting to bring you into their tribe. it’s so rad!
anyway, now I’m off to Thailand! Hong Kong, you’re amazing.