Bright lights, big city - like moths to a flame.
Trip Start Apr 08, 2005
47Trip End Feb ????
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So at 4:30 we left the hotel and got to the Airport at 5:30. Looking at the departures board we noticed that there was no flight mentioned at 7:35, let alone 7:35 to HK. A few enquiries later and we found out that there is no flight at that time, there is on a Thursday though. This was Wednesday. Cut a long story short, the Quantas people helped out and booked us on the 12:50 to HK that day (and booked us on the 17:50 out of HK to Beijing), the dozy mare in India was obviously too busy stuffing her face with samosa to bother booking us on the flight, but she had managed to cancel our original ones
Anyway after an 11 hour flight, we got there. The drive from the airport took us down Nathan Road, this is the one you always see with the neon signs and the electrical and watch shops down it. LIFE at last. There were people about and everything! The whole place was lit up like a Romford housing estate at Christmas. It was magnificent.
Getting off the bus in near 100% humidity after being up for over 28 hours, carrying a rucksack (and yes Rob, wearing that highly breathable Gallo T shirt) the first thing we are going to want is a hand made suit. Or so thought about 20 blokes between the bus and the hotel. We didn't. And we didn't want a "cuppy wuch" either thanks.
It is true what Rough Guide writes about the stairwells that led to our hostel in Mirador Mansions, they stink of wee wee and they are dirty. What the guides fail to mention is the fact that the majority of budget accomodation is located in the Red Light districts. But hey the hostel was clean, dry and had a/c and much better than the van.
You name it, we did it
We really liked the atmosphere of the place. Whether it was because NZ lacked it and we were caught in the headlights of a place that had some pulse, we don't know. But it has something and we liked it. We have decided to go back and live there. Probably after Buenos Aires though. And definately after we have become very rich.