A Magical Time

Trip Start Jan 16, 2009
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Trip End May 26, 2009


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Thursday, March 12, 2009

So, we got to Shezhen really early the next morning, about 7am or something. The bus was just as horrible as the last time, but this time with the added extra horrific smell of lots of sweaty feet. Emma R didn't have a very good time either as she was sleeping above the engine so her feet got really hot. Also they obviously have to stop every now and again for toilet stops, which happened at about 3am and they woke up the whole bus for it. Generally, we decided we prefer trains. They dropped us off in the arse end of nowhere and not at the main central bus station where we thought we were going to, after almost not getting off the bus at all as we weren't where we thought we were going to be, we followed some random chinese onto a bus bound for (hopefully) the port to hong kong. It turned out it was the correct bus and we had no trouble whatsoever getting accross the border, there wasn't even a queue as it was so early (apparently later it gets really busy as one guy told us, he queued for an hour only to get to the front and they told him he had to go fill out a departure form and go to the back of the queue, he was not impressed).
 
In HK we changed our chinese monies into hong kongs and rode their awesome metro system to the hostel we had booked. We had heard so many horror stories about hostels in HK we were a bit worried, for example Chungking mansions is the hostel hole of hong kong, its a right dump and apparently people get murdered there etc. luckily we had hostelworld.com to help us and we've ended up in a very nice place on hong kong island. Yet it was impossible to find, as there are no sign posts whatsoever until you get to the 5th floor of this random tower block, its always busy though and the people in our room are really nice. To kill time until we could actually get in our room to went a wandering, bought ourselves a HORRENDOUSLY overpriced Lonely Planet of Thailand to read up on the next part of our trip, ER got a sleeping sheet to avoid contamination from dodgy Vietnamese sheets and I got a buff because Em has showed me the awesomeness of them. In short, hong kong is brilliant for shopping, we also looked at some cameras and I bought one the next day. So now I have two, or one and a half anyway as one only sort of works. Its really annoying as I think its only the flash tube that needs replaceing and I bet it could be done in 5 minutes back home but here all the shops said they'd have to send it off and it'd take about a month! Mind you thats probably because they wanted me to buy a whole new camera off them. Oh well getting new cameras is an unconcious love of mine apparently.
 
So later on that day we had the best burger we'd ever eaten, it actually tasted like it came off a bbq and had amazing sauce on. It was from a place called Monster Burger, and they actually looked like the photo said they were going to! Great success. The next day us and a friendly Canadian whos in our room called Luke went up the Peak Tram, which was built by the Brits in 1884 or something and has never had an accident, the view from the top was pretty spectacular. We had an amazing lunch after getting back down involving eel and everything. We got the Star ferry back accross to our island, as the guidebook assured us this was one of the 'must do' things in hong kong. We also did it at night today but we did our usual trick of trying to look at buildings at night when the tops of them are in clouds a la Shanghai. Ah well it looked pretty good anyway.
 
the next day was Disneyland day!! It was magical. We managed to get a bit of a group together involving people who were in the hostel which was pretty cool. The park is the smallest one out all of them (as the guys whos been to all of the others helpfully kept pointing out, Em got annoyed because he was ruining her magical day, evil boy). The fireworks at the end were pretty spectacular, we met the characters, went on space mountain, and watched all the shows which were there. Emma bought a disneyland hoody and we had a ceremonial throwing away of her old fleece (see pic), it was slightly marred by the fact that she then had to get it back out of the bin to get the disney sticker of it that micky mouse had given her.
So a good day all round really, however all I want to do now though is watch every single disney film I've ever loved, something to do when I get home I reckon, maybe instead of getting a job... Later on we all sat round chatting, drinking beer from the 7-11, its far too expensive to actually go out, although tonight is meant to be ladies night so free drinks for us :) we might check that out later.
 
Today we wandered back to Lantau island with Pete who's also in our room to see a fishing village on stilts, it was really laid back compared to the high rise area, which is a bit manic. We also posted back more stuff to home, I have got rid of my walking boots as they're too hot for the palces we're going next, which has nicely lightened the load a bit. We're off to Macau tomorrow for a night and then flying to Bangkok on Friday, our new plan is to hit the amazing beaches as soon as possible to work on our base :) that and we need to chill for a bit, we've got to spend a bit of time in Bangkok to get our Vietnam visa so after that we will need to chill for a bit, these city type places are quite exhausting!
 
Until next time, EE xx
 
 
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helenraywood
helenraywood on

Buffs
I too did buy a buff in HK :)

valwhite
valwhite on

Cameras
It seems buying cameras is just something the white family do! We have collected one from most continents!
Sam took his camera sandboarding and it really didn't like it so we now have cameras bought on most continents.......You may not have known this but dad and i bought one when we went to New York!
We should find cheaper souvenirs! Any ideas??

jpa
jpa on

Buffs
What's a buff?

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