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December 27, 2011

Landing in Hong Kong

Filed under: Hong Kong, Travel — Tags: , , , — jesus @ 16:36

It’s been two weeks since I embarked on this trip, arriving to Hong Kong on the 14th of December and haven’t had time to blog much about this, so let’s see a bit of Hong Kong action here.

I arrived semi jet-lagged (as I happily managed to get a couple of hours sleep on the plane) I jumped on a bus to Kowloon where I met Aurélien, a Belgian guy who was moving to Australia and decided to take a look at Hong Kong for a few days. I actually thought this was going to be easy, meeting people on the road. How wrong that seems so far…

Anyway, I had reserved a guesthouse in the infamous Chungking Mansions. A quick google images search can show some alarming photos. I was actually not sure whether to book or not on this place, but finally I decided that if other people trusted this fire trap, why not me?

I was expecting to find something similar to the images I had seen on the internet, but I was gladly disappointed that the whole thing had been renovated. Reading about it on the internet brings many complaints about it; People around it (more about that later) and the lift. The lift was a constant theme among these complaints.

The thing is that Chunking Mansions is a super mega block of flats? transformed into guesthouses by their owners, so it looks. There are two lifts, one for the even floors and another for the odd floors. Given the amount of people who must be ‘living‘ at any given moment in these guesthouses, it’s logical that the lift is always creating queues of people trying to go up. I personally didn’t find it too annoying and you usually get to your room in less than 10 minutes.

Ok, got there, checked in, got to my room, now the difficult part was to head out and avoid the temptation to crash on the bed, so that I could actually dodge jetlag. So, determined to win this, I met up with Aurélien and go out on an exploration evening around Hong Kong.

‘Do you want a copy watch, sir?’

First time I was approached by someone trying to sell me a fake Rolex watch. What? Fake Rolex? What is it with that? Who wants a fake Rolex? Do you get laid more if you have a fake Rolex? I don’t get it.

Anyway, ‘no thanks‘ I replied. Not having finished my sentence, there was another guy wearing a suit that looked tacky:

‘Special tailored suits, sir, please follow me’.
Err, do I look to you like I want a suit? No thanks.

Now, this was something I didn’t know at the time, but I was going to get dead tired of hearing the same over and over for the next few days…

Anyway, we go around, try to have dinner at a restaurant/eatery
Soup

By the way, that thing you see on the right is a local tea with some kind of milk that tasted like dead rat. The wonton soup was really good though :)

Then head to see Hong Kong island and have a beer looking at the absolutely gorgeous skyline of Hong Kong island before heading back to the hostel we were staying and crash, happily.
Harbour

Let the adventure start…

Travelling

Filed under: Travel — Tags: — jesus @ 16:03

I haven’t said anything here before, only on my blog in Spanish [http://blog.roncero.org if you are curious], but two weeks ago I embarked on a trip around the world. Well, not exactly around the world, but starting in Hong Kong, then moving further south through South East Asia to reach Australia, New Zealand and then the United States before going back to the UK.

My idea is to see a bit of this world, as I mainly know Europe and the USA. Armed with my photographic gear, two backpacks, not enough clothing I am set to travel around these countries for a few months to conquer them and my fears (which sometimes it’s considerable, hehe).

Bags II

My idea is to experience new things, new food, take photos and improve on my photography skills. No finding-my-self bullshit or something, just enjoying it and seeing a bit of a different world to me anyway.

The first few weeks prior the start of my trip have been a bit anxious, giving me a bit of a headache trying to get some sleep. Why am I doing this and am I prepared for a trip this long were the first things that would pop into my mind when I would wake up in the middle of the night.

Now, if you’d like to follow me, I’ll try to keep this blog and my other Spanish one updated more or less often. You can also follow me on flickr which is where I want to put all my photos online: http://www.flickr.com/photos/golan

The itinerary in my mind looks like this:

  • Hong Kong
  • China (Guilin and surroundings)
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Thailand
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Australia
  • Fiji (maybe)
  • New Zealand
  • USA

Of course this is just an idea that I’ll try to follow and everything is subject to change.

Note: I have already started the trip, not having been able to post more regularly as I don’t have proper internet connection, so I keep a journal on my computer that I’ll post as blog post as soon as I get proper connectivity. Follow me here: http://tube.notreally.org/tmp/l.html for now

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