Talk about Capitalism!

Trip Start Feb 19, 2010
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Trip End Mar 08, 2010


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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Very short "night" after our lovely last dinner in HCM City. Bags out at 3:15 am for departure at 3:30. Our flight is at 6 am- back on United Airlines. Am I apprehensive???

A very quiet ride at this hour to the airport. Our little van includes D & J, who are flying back to the states through Hong Kong on the same flight. Mark has also joined us as he's flying out at the same time- through Narita- but on Delta. We say goodbye to Mark and to Nam, our local guide who's been with us since Hanoi.

The flight is very uneventful- hooray! Just 2 hours and we land in Hong Kong. We easily find Alan, our local guide, who schleps us to our little van and the trip to Kowloon and our hotel. The weather is something new for us- foggy, cloudy, cool. The dark clouds highlight the ride over magnificent bridges, along super highways, and very very tall buildings. Strange mixture of older dirty buildings with even taller modern ones.

It's about 10:30 am local time when we arrive at the hotel- room isn't ready yet naturally. We leave our big bags and head around the corner to...of course.. a Starbucks to wait it out. We finally get our keys and head to the room- at the end of the hallway as usual. It's pretty tiny but inventive use of space- the sliding closet door is also the bathroom door. Picture that! We'll need to shout a warning when opening or closing the door.

We quickly settle our belongs and then head out. We're located on Nathan Road which is a major shopping street and heads down to the bay. We're immediately- and somewhat continuously during our stay- accosted by the local tailors' "pimps" offering up cheap and quick services. We turn up Mody Road as advised by Alan. J for Amigo's (interesting name for a Hong Kong shop) for lavender jade and me for King Dragon and a new lens. We both do our bits for the local economy and then stop off at a Japanese restaurant for lunch- sushi for me since it's my Friday tradition at home. Then we toddle down Nathan Road to the very end- at the water's edge- for the panorama of the skyline, dark clouds and water. We have to take the "subway" under Nathan Road to get there. And find they've built a mall in the underground hallways- just because you can't have too many shopping opportunities, can you?

Back to the hotel by 4pm and exhaustion hits us. We finally wake up for dinner, but only have the energy to go downstairs to the bar. I have spaghetti and J has a burger. I guess we're prepping our stomachs for the return to the States.
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