Jardine's Lookout to Kennedy Town via Wan Chai
Trip Start Dec 31, 2011
54Trip End Apr 20, 2012
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Thursday 1st March 2012
How did I ever think of going elsewhere while my base was Hong Kong? This place is vibrant, chaotic, ordered, friendly, busy, hospitable, business like ….. and the list goes on. I love it!!
My host family took me in and treated me as a member of their family from day one and I am so grateful for their kindness and hospitality – it has made my time here immeasurably more enjoyable
I'm not going to list all the things I have done or places I have been but suffice to say that I have been out every day, walked miles (my 'new’ boots fell to pieces!) have enjoyed good food at home and in eating establishments (used chopsticks for the first time), got the hang of local transport including the trams (my favourites) and generally soaked up the atmosphere that HK exudes. Apart from a trip out with John to the New Territories last Saturday, I have stayed on HK Island. Some of you will be aware that the Star Ferries shuttle between the HK Island and Kowloon and I would have liked to avail myself of yet another passage on a ship – albeit the voyage is for just over 5 minutes and costs 20p! – but time was against me. I also had an idea about taking a fast ferry to Macau, but… well I needed more time to do all the things that are possible here.
I have been leant a book called, ‘dos and don’ts in Hong Kong’. It is a fascinating and informative book that I wish I had read before
I spoke to year 3 and year 6 in the school that Jane (my hostess) works in. I really enjoyed telling them about my journey and judging by their questioning, they were interested in the same way that class 3 were at home. The main difference was the emphasis the children here put on limiting pollution. They are very passionate about it and feel their government (in Hong Kong) is not doing enough and more annoyingly, according to the children, talking as though there isn’t a problem. They are really fired up with indignation. It is good to see. The school itself, like most of the buildings here, is on a small footprint, but built in 5 layers resembling a wedding cake. There is a playground at ground level but an even larger one on the roof. The school is dwarfed by massive high rise blocks of flats that are built right on the school boundary, a very different perspective to our school at home. And not a blade of grass to be seen!
Jane’s daughter Carly is a teacher in another school here in HK and has offered to twin with a class back at home – communicating by email
One place I visited a couple of times is Hong Kong Football Club that is in Happy Valley. The title gives a most misleading image – it is the football club bit that conjures up the picture. The HKFC is a very swish affair, with 3 bars, gym, swimming pool with poolside restaurant, 10 pin bowling alley, 2 more restaurants, squash courts and all this without mentioning the international quality football pitch, the hockey pitch, the running track and so it goes on. John is the Honorary Secretary and walking round is treated with the respect such a position commands. The whole club is inexorable linked with the Happy Valley Racecourse that shares the same land. The racecourse has far more actual property surrounding the course itself but there is an amazing view of all activity in the arena area, all set against the stunning backdrop of high rise buildings that are particularly photogenic at night.
The problems I had with the shipping company and my connections continued until very recently. I had to chase them for an amended ticket – I didn’t want US Immigration telling me that I couldn’t get off in Charleston because my ticket states I am leaving the ship in Tanger Med.
The agent is coming for me at 13.30 today. The ship arrived this morning and sails later this evening back to China and then across to South Korea. As much as I have thoroughly enjoyed HK, I am on a world tour and will be pleased to get on board a ship again and settle in to the routine that it offers
Before I leave on the next leg, I would like to thank everybody who is reading my blog. I get to see the stats and am amazed that in two months there have been over 2.5 thousand hits on it. I enjoy writing it, I hope you enjoy reading it.
Tara from Hong Kong!