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New Year in HK

Everything's closed!

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Written on Monday Feb 19th...
Well, I have changed hostels and am now on HK Island, up Mount Davis. The hostel is very nice, and more family oriented than the one I was previously at. HOWEVER, it is VERY far from town (ok, it's only 15-20 min, but it's way up a hill (aka mountain) and the only way to get there is via a free shuttle that only does the trip once every 3 hours). Considering that everything is closed here (think Jan 1 and 2 in Canada, but worst), I couldn't have found a better place to "be stranded" in. The view is aboslutely gorgeous (more info later on the lact of pics so far) and the facility is very confortable. Despite this, I still preferred the other hostel, as it was a bit cheaper, the crowd was more like me (young and travelling, as opposed to here, where there are a lot of people from China, "expats" and families, just here for a vacation over the New Year holiday) and I had access to restaurants and ...well city life in general (there's a great kitchen here, and you kinda have to cook your food since there's absolutely no restaurant anywhere near...cooking is, and has always been, a problem for me!) hehehe

On the topic of pics, I have taken some nice ones, but the computers here are in a wooden box, completely inaccessible, and the internet is much more expensive ($5 for 15 min as opposed to $10 for 1 hour at the last place), so I don't really want to fiddle with this right now. I have booked back at the other place starting on the 21st, and I'll make sure to work on uploading pics then! FYI, $6.5HKD = $1CAD
Hope all is well on your side!
Cheers!!

Posted by Mistrale 22:49 Archived in Hong Kong Comments (0)

Transit to HK!

Glad it's over!!!

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This was written within hours of my arrival on the 16th...
Ouf! Well, it all started with a snow storm that hit Montreal, Toronto and New York! My direct and nicely scheduled flight Mtl-NY-HK got cancelled, and I got rebooked to TO, however with a 12 hour wait at the airport (yipee!!). The roads looked so bad that I decided not to venture out for lunch (I would have called you guys from the TO office for some Portugese or Hakka!...hmmmmm)
Anyway, so I left Qc on the 13th at 10:30pm, spent the 14th in TO, left at midnight for HK with a stop in Anchorage (my original flight was direct) adding almost 3 hours to the already 16 hours original flight, not to mention the 12 hrs in TO. So I just made it in HK a couple of hours ago, somehow lost the 15th in the process, as we are the 16th... Of all of this, I probably slept 6 hours in increments of 30 min max, so I'm a bit tired and overwhelmed!! HK is not exactly the quietest city either!!!

Written today:Feb 17th, Chinese New Year Eve, my B-Day.
Today felt much better than yesterday. I got several hours of much needed continuous sleep and ventured out in the city. It feels like a never ending Chinatown...which I guess it is! The food is good, tastes pretty much like what I'm used to, aka chinese food (and it's not beause I'm in HK that I'm going to start eating chicken feet!). I'm changing hostels tomorrow to go on HK Island (I am currently in Kowloon, which is on the mainland). I took some good pics today and wanted to post them but the computer I'm connected to won't recognize my camera...bummer...I'll have to work on that and post at a later date.
The people in y hostel are not as I expected. They pretty much do their own thing and don't mingle much, which I find too bad. I was hoping to find people to hang out with,but I guess it'll have to be somewhere else.
Tomorrow is the big New Year's parade and I look forward to that. It'll also be my B-day in your time zone! hehehe, friendly reminder! hehehe

So anyway, everything (specially the food!) is pretty exensive here, so I mostly walk around and check things out. The main attraction in this neighborhood seems to be shopping,which as you know, is not exactly my favorite thing to do, specially since I don't exactly fit the asian body frame (hehehe, sooo not!!!), my backpack is already too full, and I'm only beginning this journey... oh well! HK Island has other attractionswhich I look forward to.

I bought a museum pass, which gives me access to 5-6 museums throughout the city and visited the HK History Museum today. It was very interesting. I didn't know that Japan had invaded and maintainedcontrol over Hk for several years during the1st world war...my time on the computer is up. Gotta go! cheers

Posted by Mistrale 17:37 Archived in Hong Kong Tagged backpacking Comments (0)

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