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On the road again!

July 31, 2014 12:57 AM – Toronto Pearson Airport – at the gate

I suppose it would be more accurate to say in the sky again.

My next adventure has started. I am just waiting for boarding to be called. The gate is amazing. Tables with iPads are everywhere. They have done a good job refurbishing this old terminal though I don't remember seeing the other gates set up the way the ones are for Cathay Pacific.

 

Somewhere over the Bering Sea

So far the flight has been good. We have had a bit of bumpy weather now and then but all told good. We are 6 hours and 24 minutes from Hong Kong. It is 10:16 AM back in Canada and the exact opposite in Hong Kong.

The cabin has been dark for hours as people settled into sleep after a decent supper. We were all given a menu card to let us know what was available for supper and breakfast. I chuckled as I read the card because congee is on the menu for breakfast. Yes, I am heading back to Asia. To emphasis that I just order the cup of soup noodles that are available during the flight. I am hungry now that I am awake again.

I haven't watched any tv on the flight except one episode of Big Bang Theory. I read a little bit but my eyes were so heavy I couldn't concentrate. More later my snack is here.

Just flying over Beijing

For eight years that meant the end of my journey. This time it means three hours to the end of my journey. When I flew out of Beijing 2 years and one month ago I was convinced I was making my last long haul flight and I rejoiced. Interesting how life works.

 

August 1, 2014 – 5:55 AM. In taxi in Hong Kong

I forgot that they drive on the opposite side of the road here. Always a bit of a shock.

Dawn has just broken though the sky seems to be overcast. It is already hot and so humid. Don't know what the day is going to bring forth. I am always surprised when I come to Hong Kong seeing the hills and mountains.

August 2 5:05 AM

After spending time with Lydia she left for work. I had a few things planned I wanted to do but that all changed once I took a wonderful shower, had a bit of snack and a Tim Tam. Bed started calling and so about 9:30 I crawled in and slept until 7:00 PM with only one potty break. I got up to wait for Lydia but fell asleep on the couch and so went back to bed about 9:30 and just woke up. Hopefully, I am basically ok for the day.

Got an email from the school in Hanoi telling me the arrangements to pick me up at the airport and deliver me to the hotel. The possible landlord also sent me an email saying he would check to see who had moved out, cleaned the apts and then send me pictures.

It is true! I am back in Asia.

More later.

 

Easter in Hong Kong

Today is my last day in Hong Kong. It has been a different holiday as I have spent most of my time in the hotel as it has been raining on and off for the past three days.

On the brighter side,I have had curly hair the whole time I have been here thanks to the humidity.

I am staying at the Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel on Canton Road right beside the Star Ferry. My hotel is not to be confused with the Marco Polo Gateway Hotel which is down the block on the other side of Chanel or the Marco Polo Prince which is at the very end of Canton Road. No wonder my poor taxi driver was so confused when I confidently told him that I wanted to go to the Marco Polo Hotel. Regardless, of that fact I was delivered to my hotel for the price of $HK385. Wow!!!! Hong Kong is expensive.

I have had a great time shopping and even bought a smaller computer and a new IPod Nano 8G. I wanted the red 16 G but it isn’t available in Hong Kong yet.

There is something magical about Hong Kong even in the rain. I loved walking about the harbour late at night and mingling with the thousands of people. Two cruise ships were docked when I arrived. One of the Symphony Cruise Line and the other one of the big Star cruise ships. This morning they are both gone now as during the night I heard the loud horns announcing that they were leaving but another Symphony Ship is now docked and so the thousands of tourists continue to roam up and down Canton, Salisbury and Nathan Roads.

I stayed in a nice room though I was upgraded when I arrived from a Superior with a double bed to a Deluxe with a lounge and queen sized bed which was great. Unfortunately, in the free upgrade, I lost my view and so have spent three days looking at the other side of the hotel and the air conditioning units. As it has rained so much it really hasn’t mattered and this morning I was able to watch a big crane unit come in through the bottom of the hotel and start bring in bring steel girders. OK, not as great as a city or harbour view but interesting never the less.

My favourite thing about Hong Kong this trip has been the store Page One. It is a huge bookstore full of English books. I had the best time. I didn’t go crazy buying books as they weigh alot but I did buy some travel books for my trip this summer. There was also an incredible stationery and things for scrap booking store. I had a great time browsing through there.

I also did community service while I was here as I was stopped a number of times and asked to help students learning English for their classes. I was able to explain how we celebrate Easter in Canada as well as fill out a form comparing bars Hong Kong to bars in Canada. I sort of made that one up as I don’t really have experience of bars in either place. I could tell you about bars in Beijing as many of the ones I go to are similar to the pubs in Ireland. I just hang out with my friends while they discuss the advantages and disadvantages of Chinese beer and wine. I get extcited about the kind of can my diet coke comes in. Lately, we have been getting cans with a flip top instead of the pull tab. This is a big enough thing that it stops all the previous conversation and we focus our amazement on this new development. I think this is one of those new upgrades the Olympics have brought to Beijing.

I have enjoyed being away from the Great China Firewall for the past three days. I have been able to check news and headlines. I have been able access YouTube, Webshots (where all my pictures are located) and all of the blogs I read. It is nice.

Well, it is almost time to shut down and call for my bags to be picked up so I can fly back to Beijing.

Oh yes, I talked to my grown up nephew on Skype because the 22nd was his 24th birthday.WoW!!!!! I also had a short conversation with my sister, my breakfast arrived, about our Dad. It is hard to believe that on the 28th he will have been gone four years but that is something for another day.

Hong Kong is great and I will be back.