The last place of our great adventure
05.02.2010 - 10.02.2010 20 °C
Well this is it...last blog entry!
What can I say, it’s been amazing. We have had our ups and our downs but it’s been one hell of an adventure...one I wouldn’t have missed for anything.
We are sat in Hong Kong’s International Airport waiting to get our 13hr flight to Heathrow and then our last ever flight of this trip home to Glasgow. We are filled with mixed emotions...excitement at going home to see everyone and get back into our missed jeans and trainers! And sadness that the trip of a life time has come to an end.
Hong Kong was amazing. Every inch of the busy, bustling city and bright lights that I thought it would be. Our accommodation wasn’t quite what we had expected, we paid extra for a ‘superior’ room but what we got wasn’t much bigger than a box with a bed and a toilet/shower squashed into it. You couldn’t swing a cockroach in there let alone a cat! We had a room right next to reception so it was noisy pretty much all of the time...I didn’t get much sleep over the last 5 nights. We were on the 15th floor of a really dodgy looking run down building with a lot of Indian and African people about the place touting for business...they could be pretty pushy and annoying. Apparently the Chinese are a bit scared of them and don’t like the area we were staying in because it’s full of Indians. We were told to watch our stuff. We found it safe enough, just a bit dingy and run down.
It’s pretty much shop, shop or shop in Hong Kong. Great if you have the money but a bit boring for us after the second day. I was getting sick of walking around looking in the window of Gucci, Armani, Dior, etc and not even bothering to step foot inside. One look at us in our old scruffy travel gear, hair out to there and empty pockets and the bouncer type doormen would have sent us packing anyway.
The weather wasn’t great, it was cloudy and rained a few times while we were there. We couldn’t see the tops of the high raised buildings most of the time we were there so we couldn’t go up The Peak on Hong Kong Island to get a good view of Hong Kong and the harbour. We took a ferry ride around Victoria Harbour on our first day. It was cool to see all of the tall buildings surrounding us, especially the ones that were covered by mist. We also took a walk along the Walk of Stars, a bit like the area in Hollywood where stars have their names and hand casts in the street. There were a couple of names we recognised...Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.
That’s pretty much what we did for 5 days...walk around the shops or take ferry rides. I was getting a bit fed up with it by the end. Its mega busy and they can be quite pushy wee people, I don’t know how many times I was stood on or shoved out the way only to turn round and find out it was a tiny wee grannie who had done it...and not a word of apology or even a recognition that they had done it, they just kept barging on through.
On our last full day we decided to take the ferry to Lantau Island to go and visit the largest sitting bronze Buddha in the world. It took us about 2 hours to get there and it was really cool to see, when the fog cleared every so often. We couldn’t even see the Buddha from the bottom of the steps leading up to it and there were only 50 steps. When we reached the top we could just make out the shadowy statue above us and when the fog cleared for a split second we got to see his face! It was quite eerie to see it in the mist, it gave it a mysterious feel. We certainly know how to pick our times to see major landmarks or places around the world...Iguassu Falls in torrential rain, Uluru in the rain and the largest Buddha statue in the world in the mist! Oh well, not many people can say they saw these things the way we have.
We would like to come back to Hong Kong some day...hopefully when we are rich and can afford to stay somewhere luxurious and go shopping in the likes of Tiffany and Prada. We also really want to come back to China and do the tour we had hoped to do before we ran out of money. China seems like a wonderful place full of culture, good food and beautiful scenery that we want to experience more of.
But for now it is home...back to reality. Finding jobs and settling back into everyday life. I think we are going to find it hard at first to settle back in. We have been on the go for just over 6 months, constantly moving around, planning our next move and getting a sensory overload. We have seen and done so much over the last 6 months that I think our bodies may get a shock when it all slows down a bit again. After the initial excitement we will probably want to sleep for a week to recover!
To anyone who has a dream...I would strongly recommend following it, no matter how scary it seems. Stop creating excuses and just go out and do it. Live your life to the fullest, have no regrets.