Sunday, July 30, 2006

Sundays in HK

What do I do today? My to-do list is as long as the average boa constrictor, but sundays in Hong Kong are horrid. Most of the people here work Monday to Saturday, so all the locals go everywhere else on a Sunday. Aaaarghhh!!

From previous Sundays, I've learnt shopping malls are a good place to avoid... as are temples and other tourist hot-spots. At the mo, I've just been catching up on my travel journal and saying bye to the summer school students who are leaving today for Beijing, or home. It's going to be very quiet soon...

I've uploaded a few photos onto my Flickr account - the link's at the bottom right of the page. I haven't managed to put them all on, but there are nearly 250 already at the mo, so I've just picked a few good ones! The dried fish bits are included with a brief description of all the details I can remember... as are some of the scenery. More will be added at a later date!

Might go out for a wander to the markets and Kowloon Park later. There's meant to be a very pretty Chinese garden. I also want to go and try proper strong Chinese tea. I can deal with Jasmine tea, so I think it's time to take it to the next level. :-)

Monday, July 24, 2006

Dried fish and other strange HK things!

Yesterday (Sunday) I went on a tour / game organised by the exchange office at PolyU. We were put into teams with other exchange students at PolyU from around the world, and had various places to visit and tasks to do all over the city.

Some involved eating Hong Kong delicacies... baked egg tart (much like an egg custard tart without the nutmeg), sweet buns with melted butter, and fish balls! All yummy...

We also had to be shown to a dried fish shop (seriously, there are dried fish everywhere!) and told by the Chinese and local students what some of the things were and how they were used. I've got some very strange photos...

Another task was to go to a park, and walk on a path (bare-foot only!) with lots of stones sticking up vertically. Think rounded pebbles sticking up, not sharp stones. It was still sore after a while though...

It was all very random, very sweaty (a very very hot day...) and great fun. Made some new friends and got some very random photos!

Combine that (a day of running around Hong Kong in the heat) with the previous day, spent on a gorgeous beach (with an hour long trek either way) - it was a tiring weekend.

The beach was on Lamma Island - the third biggest island in Hong Kong. Very green, very hot, warm water to swim in, lifeguards on the beach and shark nets, and extremely hot sun! However, walking to and from the beach, we had to walk along a path with lots of overhead enormous spiders. Bear in mind - the locals are shorter than me, so it was a case of duck-and-run!
Terrifying, but worth it for the beach.

Better go to bed now... another busy day tomorrow...
Some photos will come later when I've downloaded them!

Friday, July 14, 2006

I'm in Hong Kong now and have been for almost a week. It's very humid (think soggy t-shirts every time you go outside) and really really big. The food's a bit of a trial, but we think we've sussed where to eat every night now that's cheap and has some safeish options.

The hospitals are good - I'm at the Prince of Wales for 4 weeks, which is where SARS originated. As a result they're all very up on their infection control. We wear face masks all the time when we're near patients, and scrubs all the time. The staff are very friendly, and really eager to talk about life in HK, and England.

I've only managed to do a small amount of shopping so far, and clothes shopping is a bit of a problem. Yes, all the natives here are small. Most of the guys are shorter or the same height as me. Their XL sizes don't even fit in some cases, but rest assured, I've found my niche already. For once, it's shoes!! :-) Some of the shoe shops have rather feminine styled mens shoes, up to my size, which is great.

Haven't really done much yet tourist wise. Just trying to settle in! We went on a tour of the harbour last sunday, and I want to go over to Hong Kong island just to have a look around this weekend - weather permitting!! We've also managed Temple Street Night Market, and Ladies market in Mongkok.

Some pictures at a later date, when I've taken some good ones, and downloaded all my software onto these computers!

Oh, and we've got a lovely view - between blocks of flats and a flyover, of Victoria Harbour and some of Hong Kong island. Quite inspiring!!!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Nearly take off...

The bags are packed, and have been repacked as they weighed too much - I'm travelling light as ever ;-)

The ipod's been loaded to the brim with 'travellin music'. (No, not folk)

And the hotel's awaiting!! Can't wait.