A Romance in Hong Kong
Trip Start Mar 23, 2010
26Trip End Aug 10, 2010
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
So how is that romance going you ask? Short answer: Amazing. Long answer? I'm learning what it means to be in love again. I have fallen head over heals for this girl, and with good reason. It is truly rare for two people to complement each other like we have for each other. She has been my voice when I couldn't speak, my eyes when I couldn't see, and my rock through stormy weather. She can make me smile an laugh simply by smiling and laughing herself. Who knew that I would find this in a girl from France?
About a week ago, she came to Hong Kong from Kathmandu by flight
I spent much of the last week and a half teaching her about Chinese culture and food. And in exchange, she has been giving me French lessons, and teaching me about wine and cheese. It has been nothing short of the most romantic relationship I have ever had in my life - traveling abroad seeing the world together. I think both of us realize it's crazy to think this relationship will last forever, but I think we both know that's what makes it so special
City life has its down sides of course. Because I have spent a great deal of time in rural areas on this trip, coming to Hong Kong was quite a shock. The pace of life is fast here, and people work long long hours; I'm talking about 8 in the morning until 9pm at night, 7 days a week. And it really shows on the people's faces. The majority of the people walking around on the streets look miserable - seriously miserable. On one day, Sylvia and I played a game whilst walking down the street: She would count how many "happy" people walked by us, and I would count how many miserable people would walk by
My original intent for coming to Hong Kong is to re-apply for a Chinese visa so I can continue my travels back into China, and now with a travel partner. I intended to stay in Hong Kong for no more than 5 days, however, life doesn't always work out the way you intend it to. Sylvia also came to Hong Kong to apply for her Chinese visa so we can travel through China together. However, while at the travel agency, we were informed by the agent that as of recent regulations, French citizens now require proof of a plane ticket in and out of the country, a fully detailed travel itinerary, proof of hotel bookings for each intended city, a copy of travel insurance, an invitation letter from a Chinese citizen, and so on just to travel in China for tourism
Am I disappointed? Yes and no. I was pretty set on China. I was excited to see more of my heritage and culture and to have the opportunity to practice (what should be) my native language. However, if there's one thing that travel has taught me, it's that plans were meant to be broken. I've learned to always be open and flexible with my plans to accommodate for anything and everything. You never quite know what to expect when you travel so I never set my heart too much on one plan. So instead of China, we have booked our plane tickets to nearby Vietnam. We shall spend a month or so there and then see what happens next!
Super Tchan out.
(Oh, this is my new nickname from Sylvia's French girlfriends. Something about being Chinese and super.)
PS. Oh right, I've also picked up the hobby of photography and spent alot of money getting the right equipment. I ask that you enjoy my pictures :)