Hong Kong revisited

Disneyland deserved its own post, but there was quite a bit more to this second trip to Hong Kong.  The nice thing was that I didn’t repeat too much from my first visit.  This is what I love about Hong Kong:  there’s sooo much to do.

For the first five nights, I stayed with Jamie & Co. in an apartment in Discovery Bay on Lantau Island.  This neighborhood is probably the closest thing to the suburbs that you can get around Hong Kong, and it was very convenient because of 1) its proximity to Disneyland, which is also on Lantau, 2) its central shopping area with a grocery store and restaurants, and 3) its ferry, which runs 2-4 times an hour to the Central piers on Hong Kong Island.  A huge thank you to Jamie and Peter for arranging everything, as I was having a major case of what they call “decision fatigue” with all of my logistical planning over the last nine months!

Our non-Disney days were spent in the apartment relaxing.

Or climbing furniture.

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Look at that face! He totally knows he’s not supposed to be up there :).

Or playing with trains.

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Matching outfits day. I found this blouse for Eva in Penang.  If only they had my size....

Matching outfits day. I found this blouse for Eva in Penang. If only they had my size….

I was also introduced to Elf on the Shelf, whose name is Anthony (according to Theo, who named him).  Anthony found some pretty funny hiding spots.

LOL!

LOL!

On our last night together, the five of us took the ferry to Central in Hong Kong for dinner.  Theo was fascinated by the boats – we had spent some time in the afternoon watching the ferries depart at the Discovery Bay pier- and it was a beautiful ride arriving after dark to see all of Hong Kong Island lit up.

It's not too shabby a view in the daytime, either!  I will never get tired of this skyline, even on gloomy days like this one.

It’s not too shabby a view in the daytime, either! I will never get tired of this skyline, even on gloomy days like this one (through somewhat blurry windows, too).

After my friends departed for Shanghai the next day, I moved my things to a hotel in Kowloon on the mainland for one night.  I had stayed in this place back in September, but I didn’t think that it was possible to get a room smaller than the one I had before.  I was wrong.  Tiny rooms are the norm for Hong Kong, and I can’t complain because I got a great price.  But this was just too funny.

Smallest. Room. Ever!  I am squished into the far corner holding my camera over my head to take this shot.

Smallest. Room. Ever! I am squished into the far corner holding my camera over my head to take this shot.

In the early evening, I met up with Urvi and Nick for drinks and appetizers at a Thai place near Central.  Urvi is the sister of my former boss in Boston.  She and her husband had graciously hosted me at their house on the island for a few days in September.  I am glad that I finally got a photo of the three of us together!

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I wandered around Central until I came across a sight that looked somewhat unfamiliar:  the Hong Kong Observation Wheel.  I had seen this near the piers during my earlier visit, but somehow it looked different now, more… purple than I remembered.  I learned that it had just officially opened on Friday, the day that I had arrived in Hong Kong.  What a welcome!  I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be one of its first visitors.

The area around the wheel is still under construction

The area around the wheel is still under construction

This thing is huge!

This thing is huge!

Fortunately, the line was not too long.

Fortunately, the line was not too long.

View of Kowloon from halfway up.

View of Kowloon from halfway up.

A Hong Kong Christmas

A Hong Kong Christmas

A trip on a Ferris wheel just isn't complete without an ice cream cone afterwards.

A trip on a Ferris wheel just isn’t complete without an ice cream cone afterwards.

I spent my last morning in Hong Kong finishing up some Christmas shopping before heading to the airport.  The bus ride there was an event in and of itself.  I love buses in Hong Kong.  A reminder of former British influence, there are double-decker buses and proper queues for each bus line at the roadside.  It is the most organized system of public transportation I have ever seen.  If you luck out and are able to sit in the front seat of the second deck, you can get some awesome views, too!

Heading north on Nathan Rd. in Kowloon

Heading north on Nathan Rd. in Kowloon

See how nicely everyone lines up?  Amazing.

See how nicely everyone lines up? Amazing.

A busy zebra crossing (aka crosswalk)

A busy zebra crossing (aka crosswalk)

Passing the port

Passing the port

Bilingual signs for the islands, airport, and... Mickey :)

Bilingual signs for the islands, airport, and… Mickey 🙂

The bridge to Lantau.  (I got a little camera-happy on this bus).

The bridge to Lantau. (I got a little camera-happy on this bus).

I heart HK :).

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So this will be my last “current” post.  Now that I have a reliable wifi connection, it’s time to rewind WAY back to where I originally stopped writing, which was (gulp) Albania.  I have my work cut out for me!

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  1. I want to go to Hong Kong.

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