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Trip Start May 18, 2005
35Trip End Jul 10, 2005
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(Written in journal 5/22)
I've never seen so many people in my life. Yesterday was really a day of awe for me. We started out really early in the morning - like 6 am - in search of a dim sum place my dad had read about. After not finding it, we came back to the streets near our closet (most familiar to us) and found a nice little place there. It's hard to beat $2 US for a filling and delicious breakfast. I had a thing that was pork and sticky rice wrapped in a sweet flour bun, two barbeque pork buns, and something else, which I'm not sure what it was. And a Coke. Everyone knows "Coca Cola."
Anyway, here's a summary of what we did (I realize I leave out some stuff either because it seems trivial or for lack of space to write down everything)
We returned to the familiar streets for lunch - roast duck, rice, and vegetable - exquisite. Surprisingly not cheaper than the US though (unlike everywhere else). We actually sat down, looked at the menu, and Dad decided it was more expensive than he thought it was going to be. So we walked out. Then after walking a few blocks away, he decided that he did want to eat there after all, and we walked back in (much to Jeff's and my humiliation). After lunch, we set out to a big shopping/electronics area in Mong Kok. The streets there were flooded with people, mostly about my age. Imagine the density of people at a live concert, span that over about 30 square blocks: that's what it was like. All moving surprisingly brightly in all directions - eating, drinking, talking, laughing, taking pictures
I think I'll start something new: Quests of the Day, Adventures of the Day, and Noteworthy. Sort of a summary of each day. It's surprisingly difficult for me to be as analytical as I'd like, pay attention to as many details as I want, be informative, and stay concise. Brevity is only my forte in school assignments. I think what I'll do is wait until the final day in each place to do an analysis - a holistic evaluation, with specific details and literary depth. These other entries will be mere day-to-day accounts with minimal writer's analysis.
Quests of the Day: phone charger, backpack for Dad, (F)Oakleys
Adventure of the Day: walking out of duck restaurant and going back in, people in Mong Kok bazaar
Noteworthy: view of Hong Kong from the peak, looking up grades from the computer at the peak (and being very satisfied)
Stayed in the room in the morning reading some of Atlas Shrugged while Dad and Jeff found the Vietnamese embassy
QoD: Speakers for Dad
AoD: Electronics store
Noteworthy: Delicious roast duck
Today, we had breakfast very early (7:00am) and then went to the Vietnamese Embassy to apply for Visas. That done, we came back and got some pictures uploaded, ate lunch at a neat little noodle shop, and now am here typing up these entries
QoD: Visas from the Vietnamese Embassy
AoD: (none so far)
Noteworthy: Definitely the convention center.
A few more notes (to self, mostly): At least two mango drinks every day (less than $1 US each). "Copy Rolex?" Little to no PDA. People watching in a different culture. Need to buy clothes; cargos and tshirts don't quite fit in such a cosmopolitan place. We're all searching for something, but we have to discover what it is we seek. I'm discovering what I seek, hopefully the first step to finding it.
Hopefully one more update before we leave for Vietnam.