04.12.2008 - 09.12.2008 20 °C
It only took a little over an hour by ferry to get to Hong Kong. Dean was worried about the seats so he bought the upgraded ones. When we got on we went up a flight of stairs to what looked like business class seating. I was thrilled, great seats great view. It wasn't until the lady pointed to a set of doors did I realize what upgrade meant. We opened the doors to our own cabin. A private room with a view. It may have only been an hour and a half trip but it was so worth it. I just want to add here how everything is so reasonably priced. Yes, if you want to buy and original Prada bag it will cost you but from the food to transportation its very reasonably. No, I didn't buy anybody a Prada bag. Anyway, back to Hong Kong.
We arrived at the Ferry station and walked to the Sheraton. I found the hotel online. It was in the heart of Kowloon. I highly recommend it. Good hotel with exceptional service. Location location location. You could walk right outside and you were in the heart of it all. You could take the Star ferry to Hong Kong island or go downstairs to the subway. It was so easy to get around. We only used a cab once and that was on the way back to the ferry when we left.
Our room had an incredible view of Hong Kong.
We took the ferry over to Hong Kong Island and road up on the Peak Tram, checked out the city's skyline and harbour from the Peak Tower Sky Terrace. Walked for hours through Lan Kwai Fong, Soho and then back to the star ferry to Kowloon. We ate like there was no tomorrow. Food of all kinds, I wanted italian and Dean wanted chinese, of course. We met some nice people from Australia and Sweden. It's so fun to travel.
It felt good to be back in civilization. Nobody was spitting, they even had signs that said "no hawking". I meant to take a picture of it but we were moving to fast. Okay, I have to share a pet peeve of mine. People in China spit ALL the time. They hawk loogies and out they go. One time we were eating and this lady came right up next to our table hawked one and spit it out literally 2 feet from me in to an ash tray. Yes I know it was better there then the floor but COME ON!! A guy at breakfast the other day held a tissue a foot from his face, as if he were taking aim at a target. AND it's no big deal to them. It's just what they do. I know this is my issue and I'm working on it. I even tried spitting with them, but after a while I couldn't do it anymore. Now I just turn away as they start to load up... no reaction.
The other uncouth thing they do is pick at their faces and clip their nails while they are talking or selling you something. I walked out of a DVD store the other day because this guy wouldn't stop picking at his zits. I was hoping he'd be less uncouth in public but nooo. They need a class on etiquette. WHEW!! Sorry about that it just came out of me. How did I get here? Oh yeah, Hong Kong was a very sophisticated city.
Hong Kong had turned into a Christmas capital right before our eyes. Everything was Christmas.. Lights on the buildings, stores, buses, shops.
It was my first entry into this years holiday season. It was a bit disconcerting sitting in the coffee shop listening to the little drummer boy on the speakers. I wasn't expecting SO much Christmas fanfare here. I wasn't alone.
Hong Kong is thriving. I could easily live here. You wouldn't even think of the word recession let alone slow down. The people here are shopping like it's the end of the world. Phones, camera's, suits, shoes you name it they sell it. I will be back.
Oops I almost forgot. Another wedding picture but this time it's the whole family.