It begins! Hong Kong Happenings

Trip Start Jan 22, 2013
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Trip End Jun 03, 2013

Flag of Hong Kong  , Kowloon,
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

And so our adventure begins!

I could bore you all with mundane details about our flight from BNE to HK, what movies we watched (Pitch Perfect, The Sapphires - thanks for asking), whether we got in on time (yes), how the turbulence was (delicious), what the meals were like (pretty good thanks), how many people were on the plane (half full) - but let's face it, no one really wants to know that sort of info so I'll continue on and try not to bore you any further....

We've been having a great time in Hong Kong so far staying at Steve's Aunty Jeanie's apartment/B&B. She has been the most amazing host/tour guide, filling the fridge with goodies and taking us out on the town (Sheraton rooftop cocktails last night with complimentary steak sandwiches - she knows all the bartenders - and amazing chicken wings and beers the night before at the Temple Night Markets). So much fun!

So here's a few things we have done so far: the Avenue of Stars where I had my photo taken with imprints of Jackie Chan's hands (the film star, not the year 6 boy I taught a few years ago), the Space Museum (very educational - I wanted a go on the walking on the moon activity thing but apparently that was just for kids), Kowloon Park, where I saw my new favourite animal, the flamingo, walked along the harbour, went to the art gallery and saw the Andy Warhol exhibit (I can hear you saying - wait, wasn't that on in Brisbane not so long ago? I missed it. So there). We had lunch in a restaurant on Nathan road where we looked like the only tourists and got some very big hints that we needed to leave once we had finished, and we had some coffees at Starbucks overlooking the harbour.

Of course, HK is a place to SHOP, but having filled our backpacks to the brim full of winter woolies for Europe doesn't leave a lot of room for Prada knock-offs and Genuine Gucci Handbags. However, we recently found out that Steve's parents very kindly (perhaps naively, underestimating my shopping abilities) offered to take some stuff home with them when they visit HK in the new month - so that was all the encouragement we/I needed! We/I hit the markets with a vengeance yesterday, going out to a place called Sham Shui Po (hopefully I spelt that right) where, No Joke, it was CRAFT HEAVEN. Rows and rows of shops for craft stuff full of jewellery supplies, fabric, etc etc. It was like all the etsy/craftumi/ebay craft shops I look at online at home, but right there in front of you so you could have a good look at it. Needless to say I bored Steve silly looking in all these shops while he stood outside killing time on his iPhone. I considered ditching my winter woolies and filling my backpack full of jewellery supplies, but common sense won over in the end - I will have to plan a craft expedition back here some other time!

(Steve did buy one thing at the markets - a pair of Beats by Dr Dre headphones for twelve aussie dollars - totes real thing - even got a 2nd pair for nothing. He said he'd mail the warranty).

We saw the Symphony of Lights show last night (free nightly light show lighting up the buildings around the harbour) at the rooftop Sheraton bar (ooh la la) and had some amazing cocktails in this little bar that looked like something out of a James Bond movie.

Steve was also treated to an early birthday cake from Aunty Jeanie which was delicious!

I could go on, but I won't, I'll just say we are having heaps of fun and loving the adventure so far :-)

Hope you are all well at home.
Xo
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