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Published: August 18th 2007
Yes.. almost midnight here in Hong Kong and I am here writing what is probably going to be the last blog of this trip. Have had probs finding places to upload pics lately... so am sorry for this. Wow... the last few days are past, and waaay too fast. Typical I guess. This is the stage of a trip where I always wish we were going to the airport tomorrow to fly to our next country... and not home. Those moments when you get to the airport and stare up at the departures board imagining yourself heading to one of the destinations listed.
Kids are back in the room asleep (i hope), and tomorrow we have a bit of morning time before heading to the airport.
Our last day in KL was busy... early morning jaunt over to the Petronas Towers to get free tix up to the skybridge. The whole event consumed much of our day and in the end was a bit of a let down. Viewing the buildings is far more amazing than viewing the city from them. Walking along the bridge connecting the two towers was fun... but not worth the time one had to
wait in line, and the ordeal you are put through. Oh well.... this is the kind of stuff that you have to find out for yourself. We managed to wander much of the city, ride local transport / visit the main mosque / revisit the Chinatown night market / and tire ourselves out completely. KL is a wonderful city, but in many ways it is not the most tourist friendly city... as sidewalks ares not as regular as one would think, traffic is crazy, and trying to push a stroller around is next to impossible. We had thought of taking a day trip somewhere outside of the city... but never found any offered. none offered through our hotel, and nobody advertising anything anywhere in the city. But, with cheap local transport at least we had options. Our hotel was in a great location, and our only complaint would be the chaos at breakfast... and crap food. We had skipped brekkie the first day to head out early to Petronas.... and went down late the second day after sleeping in. Well, even at 10:00 it was crazy... packed & noisy. The loud noise of voices mixed with tables and chairs being
dragged around. Crap food.... and Iraqi's just sitting eating piles of bread?? and I mean piles. Oh well, we had a big lunch that day. Walking to the nearby market (Bintang region) was good for evening entertainment. It is a hive of activity at night with lots of shops and restaurants... and thus the sidewalks attract every sight to be seen. A guy sitting with a python around his neck followed by a 'giant' on display. This poor guy must be about 8 1/2 feet tall.... and he was put out for everyone to see!!! Totally crazy with all these people snapping pics with their cameras. I laugh at the hustlers trying to pull us in for a 'massage'. It's like... "excuse me... a couple with two kids... not ideal candidates for a 'happy ending'". The women always give me a cheeky smile once Tordes has walked past. Wacky place... but fun. And strange stuff to eat in the local outdoor food stalls... very strange.
Anyway.... good flight to Macau and a mad dash by taxi across to the ferry terminal to get the last ferry over to Kowloon. The last ferry over was at 8:30pm... and we were
in line buying out tix at 8:20!!! Truly a mad dash through customs, etc. There were later ferries, but they go over to HK Island... which was not convenient for us. Then, after getting to Kowloon we took a taxi to our hotel. In bed and asleep at around midnight. Today was all about enjoying HK... seeing some new spots... shopping... night markets... eating... etc. It was great. Hot... but not as hot as when we were first here (or maybe we are just used to it now). Rode the star ferry... cruised the Temple Street Market and Ladies Market.... snacked here and there. ... avoided the intermittent evening rain... and got back to our hotel at bout 11pm. Rode up that massive escalator... weird. All the way up the side of a hill. Today, and especially tonight the streets are crazy busy with it being a Saturday night. Tomorrow we will have one last stroll around before heading to the airport. Finding and internet cafe here is not as easy as one may think. And, when you do find one it is usally packed with Hong Kong youth drinking, smoking and playing video games. The noise can be crazy.
I passed up on 2 before coming here. The language barrier is of course also an issue... but one can always manage that element of travel. Passed plenty of packed restaurants / electronic shops / and hotels offering rooms for the hour. I can't tell how many times Tordes and I have stared at a restaurant menu (pictures) for 10 minutes and still have not been able to tell what kind of food is served. We even had some drinks this afternoon with stuff in that was a mystery to us!!
I must say that I truly wish that we could keep on traveling... and Tordes feels the same. Don't want to come home. Riel is ready to come back.... missing her friends and her toys. Luca knows that we 'fly to Canada tomorrow', and said today that he misses his bed. How cute is that.
I am sure that at the end of this holiday.... when home... Tordes will admit that the hated these moments that I escape from the room to update the blog. Becuz... she really does think that I am escaping!! Getting away from the noize of the kids and leaving her to the
mayhem. I guess I can't really blame her!!
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