Adventure updates, photos (mostly of food and bicycles), and amusing stories (at least I think so).
lovliness of Hong Kong. I spent my
glorious weeks at home over Christmas doing many things. One of them was to mentally gear myself up
for sprawling Asian mega-cities.
I’m not a
big city gal. Paris, of course, has part
of my heart. And I do have a certain
soft spot for Chicago as well. But other
than that... I’d rather be with the bugs and the birds – out aways somewhere.
And so, I expected
to dislike Hong Kong. So many people,
buildings, cars, chaos. Even though all
those things were present to some extent, the city still managed to charm my
socks off. It’s shockingly calm. I swear I never heard a car honk or a siren
sound (the sound-track of D.C., Paris, New York, you-name-it). The public transportation system is
brilliantly engineered and a breeze to navigate. The city is full of green spaces, water
views, quaint cafes, and tiny art galleries.
And it has one of the most beautiful night-time skylines I’ve ever
seen. Just lovely.
fess-up here to the fact that I may have had a different experience of Hong
Kong than the average Joe. Lauren and I
arrived without a guide book, any plans, and really no idea what there was to
see or do. Our only committment was a
lunch rendez-vous with one of Lauren’s aunt’s former colleagues who’s from Hong
Kong. During the scrumptious lunch of
sauteed pea shoots and other dishes I can’t name, Martin asked us what our
plans in Hong Kong were. We said we were
hoping he’d have some advice. He said he
wasn’t using his personal driver the next day, so how about we just make an
itenerary with his assistant. We said ok
that sounds fine. Just kidding. We said REALLY?!! That would be
amazing!! And began giggling like schoolgirls.
amazing. Thanks to Martin’s unreserved
generosity, we got to see places on Hong Kong island that we would have never
gotten the chance to see otherwise. We
visited several breathtaking beaches whose horizons were dotted with misty
We went to
a rambling market that was filled with trinkets, art, knock-offs, books,
watches, dragons, jade, and scarves.
lunch at a small cafe and walked along this beautiful pier.
an old, cozy temple by the sea (thereby starting an
the day at a vegetarian cafe in Hong Kong’s dazzelingly charming SoHo after
wandering around the too-cute boutiques and even a night-time produce market.
And, if the
day weren’t spectacular enough, we accidently ended up at the harbor for the
nightly Lights Show. On a scale of 1-10
it was cheesy (family joke), but fun.
Lauren took a short video that really does it way more justice than this
was the perfect christening for the second half of this trip. After a difficult goodbye to Adam and my
family and friends, it reminded me of why I love to travel. Hong Kong was so different from what I
expected. It surprised me. It captivated me. It changed the way I imagine Beijing, Shanghai,
even China in general. And, it made me
excited for all the adventures and imagination-altering experiences to come.
Nice photo. Unfortunate framing.