Ken something, for the convenience of a great deal for a flight to the good ole USA when I finished my Asian adventure, I chose the trendy, stunning and glamourous stop over of Hong Kong.
My cousin Kevin and his superb better half Moira have been many a time and she said it was ace! Looking online they talk about ‘tantalising flavours, from street food to fine dining; experience the most stunning scenery, from vast expanses of greenery to glamourous skylines. It is a city where contrast, variety, trendiness and excitement live side by side.’
I was sold and booked it a long while ago, right in the centre as well. I watched an episode of The Travel Man – 48 hours in Honk Kong, I was primed and ready. Or not as it turn out and while I have made some daft decisions already in the 7 weeks since I left home, this was not one of them, even if it has been a bit costly and certainly back to basics. I cancelled my hotel, looked for something on the same island as the airport, found a place on the other side of the island called Tong Fuk, that takes longer to get to than the airport express into the centre – daft Eh?
On Thursday night, I got checked in, went for a couple of ciders in a great bbq restaurant come pub 2 minutes walk away and the owner and lass, albeit clearing up for the night, were very chatty, did not mind me scooping up and were good company as I knocked back a few and tasted their own home made hot sauce. I done detour on the way home to the beach, in the pitch dark and listened to the waves and the forrest beasties.
A short village walk the next morn, including a now visible trip to the beach and I sat for a good hour, just gazing out into the sea listening to The Avalanches. Back to the gaff, quick shower and one of the many 50p, 40 min buses to Mui Wo, for a ferret about what is has to offer and while this was not very much, it was very laid back, slow, peaceful and for the purposes of say my own mental health, to be able to switch off and just chill, was brilliant. Wardy done right for a change.
An evening walk down to the beach to see the sunset and a small dip, I could not help thinking back to the last time I had actually walked on a beach, but specifically walked on a beach hand in hand with someone – Have I ever done that? I have a big juicy steak for the grill, some nice bread rolls, bottle of wine and a cheap and nasty ‘King Robert II’ half bottle of gin (cost £3.50) – Let’s get this party started!
16,650km so far I figure I have covered in planes, trains and buses, just from town to town. Walking, cycling, taxis, boating, tuk tuk’s and now swimming, who knows? Tomorrow when I set off, I will be adding another 11,527km to my trip total as I hurtle to 30k. What intrigues me is I set off at 10:50am and arrive in Seattle @ 7:40am, so even after travelling 11 hours, I have gained 3 hours. How crazy is that? I get in at 12:15pm and it blows my mind that travelling for 16.25 hours and all I lose is 1.25 hours.
Did you know – The circumference of the Earth at the equator is 40,075km. I’m gonna beat that as I still have another 90 days on the road. I my need to start a crowd funding page to get me home baby!
A lazy day this morning so far. Dip in the ocean at 6:30am, Penguins game at 7am (we lost), some eggy bread made by yours truly and a little nap then off to town to watch the mighty Liverpool FC that KO’s at 7.30pm, followed by Soccer Saturday and bed for 12 if I can get a bus back, hmmm. Spoke to a chap yesterday, so hopefully get some banter in the bar tonight. Don’t worry, I am all packed, with clothes looked out and route to airport planned, so no issues I hope.