Since the best stories to tell are edge-of-your-seat adventures, and Noel and I’s trip to Hong Kong didn’t fall under that category, I’ll keep this short.
We arrived in the morning after very little sleep (see the post on bad flights) so we decided our time would be more pleasant if we took the day to sleep and recuperate. That was day one. Day two consisted of museums with our new friend Ronan from Cork, Ireland. He’d been in Hong Kong for a while so he was keen to show us the ropes. We went to a hole-in-the-wall chinese restaurant for lunch where he accidentally spilled his coke all over Noel’s skirt. Of course, no one wants coke to be spilled on them, but in the end we got a free meal out of it…. so, bring on the spillage! We went first to the space museum….. skip it! Seriously not awesome. Then on to the science museum, marginally better. But they did have a hall of mirrors which provided over an hour’s entertainment.
We saw the Avenue of stars which was like the Hollywood Blvd with hand prints from Jacki Chan, Bruce Lee, Chow Yun Fat, and our new favourite: Yu So Chow.
We stayed in the area until evening to the symphony of lights which I thought could be improved upon…. so I made my own:
The next day was spent at the peak with views of the city below but we really just weren’t in the touristy mood. So instead we ate ice cream… in fact we were so lazy that Noel turned to me and said, “do you wanna do the world’s longest escalator? We can just stand on that.”…..
<<another video soon>>
Our last day was probably the most productive and we didn’t even try. We went running along the peak road for a good 30 minutes. Then headed back to our hostel to clean up and check out. That’s when we met Filip from Sweden who would join us for our day’s adventures. -Maybe you’re wondering why all of our new acquaintances are male, honestly there haven’t been that many female travelers that weren’t in a ‘couple’. No females talked to us at all really. Hopefully that will change. Anyway we decided to follow through on our lazy adventures and find the world’s longest escalator, so we took the tram to central city.
The “worlds longest escalator” is kind of a misnomer, since it implies that it continues without pause or walking the entire way. That’s not the case, it stops after each city block where you walk for a few meters to the next section. But having said that, it IS like 10 city blocks long AND takes 25 minutes from start to finish. Although if you take it to the top you’ll find you have to use the stairs to get down.
There were a lot of touristy things in the area, but I won’t list all that we saw. We did find where the expat community hangs out, and it was strange because I really felt like I could live there hmmm…. After touring the botanical gardens and getting another tasty chinese meal, we headed back to the Hostel to say goodbye to Filip and pick up our bags. See…. not too ‘edge-of-your-seat’ exciting. But that’s alright, we’re storing it up for South Africa and beyond!
I do have a brief observation to make: Last time I backpacked around Europe, you’d be hard pressed to find someone with a computer. Times have changed. Looking around our hostel room one night I saw three of the guys on their laptops, Ronan on his iPod internet (as was I), and Noel on her laptop too…. What has traveling come to???
I know I’m guilty too, but I’m going to try to cut back. …. I apologize to my fans (aka mom)….. but that probably means less blogging in the future….