I spent my entire flight from Qatar to Hong Kong looking around at all the calm and sleeping passengers and wondering ‘don’t they know what we’re in for?!?!’
But for all my worrying about flying into a typhoon (I don’t advise you YouTube Hong Kong landing videos right before flying), we landed so smoothly I hardly felt a bump. The black rainstorm (called as such by Hong Kong Observatory) waited for me to clear immigration and customs and board the bus to the city before erupting in fierce torrents that threatened to blow the bus off the numerous bridges we had to cross.
In Hong Kong, thanks to the generosity of my sister and my parents, I had a little holiday from my holiday. I got to catch up with my sister, and some friends I hadn’t seen in 18 months.
This is some of the stuff I did:
…hung out with my sister
…stayed in a fancy-pants hotel, where I didn’t wear shoes in the shower. I also got myself and my sister kicked out of another fancy-pants hotel, but that’s a story for another day.
…was an accomplice to a bank account-busting amount of shopping, and influenced to spend the equivalent of a day’s travel in China on clothes I had to send home anyway.
…ate dim sum and began to get accustomed to the pushing and shoving. Being taller than most people helps.
…discovered that my foot tan was, in fact, months of travel dirt, when a tank full of Garra Rufa fish ate away a layer or two of skin.
…had an excuse to have McDonald’s delivered to our room (over 200 locations on an island that small…and they still deliver!)
…went to Infinity…and beyond! at Hong Kong Disneyland. Also discovered it’s impossible to cry on Space Mountain, even when you want to because it’s so terrifying and you’ve realised why they suggest you don’t ride if you’re in any way prone to motion sickness.
…returned to a place I thought I’d just left
…but was closer to home than I’ve been in a while
…found the Symphony of Lights overrated and also found that the Hong Kong Star Ferry should also come with a motion sickness warning
…had a fancy lunch, and several almost-fancy dinners
…and became accustomed to afternoon thunderstorms, in preparation for my heading to the mainland.
For more images from Hong Kong (including Hong Kong Disneyland!) visit my RTW Travel Photography site.