‘No map = Damsel in distress’
Trip Start Jul 18, 2010
82Trip End Mar 04, 2011
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I make it fine to the stop… but negotiating through the tunnels to the correct exit the other end is quite difficult, and I realise how little I paid attention whilst with Elaine the other day! I get there, on luck alone. First stop is Kowloon park. The day is perfect for a trip to the park. I stop at the pond for a sit down and more turtle (terrapin?) viewing
So, on to H&M. It’s not open until 10:30, so I spot a Starbucks, which has to be taken advantage of whilst the opportunity is there! A nice iced Americano and 20minutes free wifi to check my mail. Perfect. Who ever created that combo is a genius.
I head off to Zara first, then H&M and manage to spend a further 90minutes in the latter. I wonder how much of my time in HK has been lost in this shop now?? It’s a good shopping experience today though. No queues, all the stock in the correct location and size order! Yeah, my OCD-dream.
My next mission is to get over to the Island, by means of ferry. I’d like to see the water ride by day. So worth it. The weather is amazing, really quite warm and so sunny the city has a slight haze to it. When I reach the other side, I realise that either this ferry has gone to a different port on the island, or my sense of direction is worse than I thought! I have no idea where I am! I run into a guy selling tours around the island, he gives me directions to a bus… I decide I can make it without a bus though, I can see the peak from where I am
quite catch the others name, but he departs for the ferry promptly. Bruce is so shocked I’m alone in HK, even more so that I don’t have a map! So he offers to walk me to the Peak, how kind! He’s great to chat with. He works in the CBD of HK. It really is quite a CBD too! When
I’ve gotten back my sense of direction, he leaves me offering to take me around the New Territories next time I’m in HK. The way that he directed me is perfect, as I get to walk underneath the HSBC tower, transparent through the core and incredible to see.
Finally I reach the peak after stopping to take many photos of what I find the most bizarre site in the world, leafy canopies with towering skyscrapers emerging from behind them, reminding me of an industrial version of the cliff faces on the way to Milford sounds. I was thinking that coming to the Peak on a week day would be ideal, not so busy? No such luck. So many tourists! I am glad to see that the majority are in sandals and strappy tops. Yup, I’m not the only one that doesn’t have a coat
again I guess! I also get to see the other side of the island, it wasn’t visible when Chele and I were here, looking out into the Philipine ocean. The bay is filled with long ships, it’s a real
I decide to grab some dinner before heading back down the peak, McDonalds… oh yeah! My first since Palmerston North, so well-earned! Horribly expensive, but supply and demand I guess, I am at the top of a hill!
Back down the never ending escalators and I find the MTR station easily, recalling the last time being here with Michele, when we got caught in the most horrific downpour courtesy of a September-typhoon. On to the Central line to the most eerily-empty tube I’ve ever seen. Finally back in Tsuen Wan and my now-regular walk along the bay is accompanied by the most incredible sunset.
When I get back to the apartment, I receive a call from work saying that my passport won’t be ready until tomorrow morning, so I may not even get picked up until late afternoon! Arghh, another day off work. I’m keen to get back now. No internet, TV, Company or Meals cooked for me for another day! Oh yeah, plus another day to make up. Not ideal, though it’s good to hear I have a new visa to last my contract.