If you’re going to, sit briefly and read because every second you waste is a second that you could be chasing new dreams.
And, if you’ve been interested in what we’ve been doing, then it’s a second you could be spending planning your trip to Hong Kong. Let me tell you, eight days is not enough time to experience all you want to see.
But it’s a nice start.
I could tell you about how different office culture is in Asia, or how different the educational system is; I could tell you about the differences between their night markets and our own flea markets; I could tell you how different our McDonalds is from theirs (Hong Kong Mickie D’s is much nicer); and after all of that, it’s an attempt to capture in words what needs to be captured with all five senses.
The highlight of this trip was seeing people try weird things like chicken feet for the first time.
The low point was hearing someone behind me go: “I can’t wait till I can get back home to EVK.” That was just sad.
What’s interesting about exploring Hong Kong is that there are many “downtowns,” many places to go explore where businesses have clustered and provide stark contrast to the mom and pop shops at their feet, where haggling and personal relationships between owner and customers become much more apparent. Begging monks wander the marketplaces, targeting tourists with a smile on their face.
I went into this trip armed with stories from my parents of growing up in Hong Kong decades ago. Now, thirty years later I’m able to see that, though the image has changed, Hong Kong is still a remarkable blend of British and Chinese tradition. What struck me the most was how little language was a problem. I had imagined that even my conversational Mandarin would give me difficulties, yet Hong Kong did not disappoint. Just riding the escalator was a lot more efficient (except for the occasional escalump) than taking an escalator here. Trains were on time (so much so two of us got left behind one night). People are to the point and wait their turn to talk. Being Stateside for two weeks has been quite an adjustment back.
But I wouldn’t have traded this trip for the world. I met many new people, ate new things, experienced a whole different world across the ocean; and I want to do it again. My takeaway from this whole trip? Be aggressive. Try new things. If you don’t…you might as well stay home. Hong Kong isn’t to be seen or heard. You need to make it memorable (and Hong Kong makes that pretty easy).
So why listen to me. Get out there! Take care, and I’ll see you around.