Published: August 3rd 2008July 31st 2008
Hong Kong airport signage
celebrating the forthcoming Olympics
For some reason best known to Kev at the time, he insisted that we should have two weeks in Hong Kong - with the passage of time he's now got no idea why he made that decision! Earlier in our travels we thought we might fly to Vietnam for a week of our 'Hong Kong' time but since we need visas to get into the country we decided against it. SO instead we've managed to change our flight home - now leaving six days earlier than originally planned which means we get to see that gorgeous family and Aussie friends of ours a little sooner than expected which is ONE MIGHTY BONUS!!
But what about Hong Kong and Ross you might ask. Well as I write this we are expecting Ross to arrive in the next 15-30 mins and I'm geting awfully excited!! We've spent today finding our way around so that by the time Ross is exploring Hong Kong with us we'll know the place like the back of our hand. Well that's the theory for what it's worth. We've both been here at least a couple of times before too so that helps.
I find Hong Kong fascinating. Most
The Olympic torch
at the Kowloon waterfront!
people live in what to me are crass concrete apartment buildings - some appearing to be almost as tall as the tallest skyscrapers - but its good to see all the washing hanging out, drying in the wind & sunshine. It sure beats drying clothes in dryers - much more environmentally responsible! There seems to be a great vibrancy here. I can't help but admire the entreprenerial skill of the Chinese although obviously such ventures don't always have the desired result - Kev found almost three pages of bankrupt notices in the local paper.
Ross arrived late on Thursday night, leaving to fly back to Tokyo this morning (Sunday) which meant we had two full days with him which we certainly made the most of. We visted the Peak, an amazing Toy & Games Fair, Stanley Markets and Beach, Aberdeen and its famous fishing village, had ferries rides and more than our fair shair of gastronomic delights - fun times. We topped off Ross's visit by going to the Aqua Bar last night - check out www.aqua.com.hk - where we had too many cocktails!! But it was so easy to do - they were just delicious. I stuck with
Whiskey Sour but Kev & Ross managed a White Russian, African Rumble, Aqua Queen and a Kowloon Park! I think it must have been the glorious view that must have encouraged us - foolish but such fun! It really was a bonus to be able to spend some time together - thanks Ross for joining us!! We were both a little sad to see him go so we'll now have to work on going back to Tokyo ourselves as soon as we can. But the mission now is to see some more of Hong Kong with the time we have left here.
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