All good things come to an end...

Trip Start Sep 14, 2010
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Trip End Feb 18, 2011


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Thursday, February 17, 2011

This is my last day of my journey. My flight back to London is leaving Hong Kong tonite.
I was hoping that the weather would clear up at least a little bit so I could take the tram up to the Peak and get a view over Hong Kong but the misty clouds are too low and most of the skyscrapers are disappearing within them. Shame but nothing I can do about it.. so let me tell you what I was up to yesterday.
I was reading my book in my bed in the morning when a hand appeared from the bunk bed above me with two chocolate bags waving about.. at first I thought the guy wanted me to put the rubbish in the bin but it turns out he was sharing his chocolate koala's with me. Thanx. He then asked me for directions to Causeway Bay which I would have told him without the bribe but he probably didn't know how else to approach me. He was from Korea and introduced himself as Free (his English name).. 'what like free as a bird??? I'm free??'.. he told me when he came to Hong Kong for the first time with his friend they walked through Duty Free and he liked the name so from that on his friend was called Duty and he was Free!!
After that I went to the Science Museum (Entry to all Museums is free on Wednesdays) with Mark from Canada who was also staying in my dorm. I have to say it was rather interesting, much better than our Science Museum where half of the interactive stuff isn't working. From there we parted ways and I went on to the Flower Market, the Bird Market and the Goldfish Market, all in Kowloon. I also bought some food from one of the street stalls. I had some fried squid and whole fish in batter, all rather greasy and I could feel the spots popping up on my face straight away. The fish wasn't for faint hearted as the eyes kept staring at me through the batter and it was filled with something I can only describe as 'Couscous texture'. Was definitely an experience.
From there I took the Metro back to Central and ended up in the Landmark building with all it's pompeous Gucci, Armani, Dior etc stores and well dressed shoppers. I so looked the part in my hiking boots, hiking trousers, fleece jacket and backpack but I needed the toilet and was determined I'd relieve myself on marble for once. After 15mins I gave up. No more toilet signs to be seen. They probably use a Code only stylish, good smelling, wealthy people can recognise. So I took the Tram, my favourite means of transport in Hong Kong, back to the Youth Hostel. The streets below me were bustling with people. What's London around Christmas time is pretty much day to day business in Hong Kong!
Well and today I left my luggage at the Hostel and since the weather isn't goog enough to go up to the Peak I went back to Hollywood Road (off the Mid Level Escalators and with lovely Cafes and loads of Antique Stores) and plonked myself down in the Pacific Coffee, which lucky for me has computers with free Internet for it's costumers and since it's not very busy I had the chance to write all my Hong Kong blog entries here!!!!
So this will be my probably last entry.. apart from the one in London to bring everything to a close. It's weired and I'm overcome by mixed emotions. At first I thought I should have come without a stop over from NZ to London but now I'm glad I did. Not only because it was interesting to experience Hong Kong but also because it made going back easier. When I was in New Zealand I was settled so the thought of having to move on was hard. Being in a Hostel with 7 other people, although they were all really nice and we got on great, made me look forward to having my own place again, put my clothes in a wardrobe and have a clean shower again with nothing but my own hair plugging up the drain hole. I am sad it's all coming to an end and I miss all my travel buddies and friends so so much but I also can't wait to see everybody in London and Austria again and especially get a cuddle from my beautiful godson (if he still remembers me and even wants a cuddle that is). It just feels so strange that 5 months have passed already (gosh I'll be even older in 6 months than I'm already.. boohoo).
At the end of the day it's up to me what I make out of my life now and I sure won't go back to how it was before. Life's too short to just go to work and sleep!
See you all in a few hours!!!!
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Flora on

Sounds like you have had an awesome trip, a real mixture of everything. We'll have to catch up once you're back - I want to hear all about it in person, I've enjoyed reading all about it here. Good luck with the re-integration into London life. Love Flora xx

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