The Science of Museums

Trip Start Aug 04, 2011
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Trip End Jan 04, 2012


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The Anne Black YWCA

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Day 3 and what a gem. A fill day, a rest day if you will. Lets just do as the map takes us. We brought our tickets out of this place for the 5th and back into China for our train extravaganza on our way to Vietnam and had a Maccy D's in Hung Hom station. On a childish whim and because it was close we decided to stray to the science museum.

It is as I remember visiting the one in London but with shiny gold baubles on as it was less busy and we could play for hours and not be tied to having to get the bus back or stop for lunch in a crappy canteen with loads of other school groups. We did play for hours, we didn't stop for lunch.
Fun, cheap, not too many kids to ruin our fun (although I had to squeeze a couple of toddlers out of the way to get a play on the GPS bike ride) - it was a great change to the museums we've visited to date (about 18 and counting). We found that I have fast reactions, and Kate can play logic puzzles till the cows come home, but we found out that you don't need to be in a theme park to have 'fun'. We just did as the kids did.

This night highlighted something Hong Kong does have in common with China which we have found both amusing at times and somewhat baffling - that is the speed of the service. The waiting staff at the YWCA restaurant are about as efficient as a German car production line being promised overtime payments if they finish on time. As soon as you order, food is in front of you (whether or not the other person on your table has ordered yet). If you put your glass down half empty, a lady swoops in from an unlikely angle and fills your glass. I had to make sure I always had a point of contact with my plate to make sure it wasn't whisked away from under my nose. It's just a little bit too quick, thats all. 4 course (soup, escargot, steak and jelly - Kate) took about 17 minutes beginning to end. We elongated the meal by sitting and listening to the acoustic guitar playing 'Derek' (not sure if that is his real name) work his way through a collection of Beatles, Rod Stewart and Chinese Folk classics culminating in a finale of 'It's a small world after all' (of disneyworld fame so I've been told) and an encore of 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' (Sang in a folk stylie) - We never even knew this fantastic nursery rhyme had a second verse. Good times.In the words of Louis Walsh, 'I Could see you in the final'.
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