Silka Far East Hotel
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First of all, Please excuse us if there are any mistakes in our blog today, we are both very tired while writing this!!
At 7.15 am we left for Schiphol! After some traffic jams we still arrived on time at the airport, thank you Mama van Rooij and Geertjan. First flight was smooth, plane was a bit smaller than we expected but sure it was …
... Central. Thanks to its height it was historically the residence of choice for many of the city's early colonial administrators, who were trying to escape the oppressive humidity and persistent mosquitoes in the city below. Nowadays, rock stars, politicians and the city's playboys call the Peak home. Property up here is some of the most expensive real estate in the world, a sale of 12 Mount Kellet in 2006 went for a very reasonable $5,417 per square foot. ...
... the statue was made of bronze, which was pretty cool. Luckily for me, there were periods where the sun broke through the clouds and I was able to get a good picture of the statue. The views from the statue weren't really that amazing, but it was still cool seeing the green hills. After spending 30 minutes at the statue, I headed back down to the village to grab my souvenir Hong Kong magnet. Once I grabbed the magnet I liked, I headed back down on the tram, and made ...
... My last. ;-( My car to the airport picks me up at 2:30! My flight is at 6:00PM I arrive back in Chicago before I even left Shanghai at 5:30PM, I have a 2 hour lay over in Chicago which will go really quickly because I have to go thru customs and immigration. Then my flight leaves for Boston at 8, same flight I just get back on (and am in Boston and to Patrick at 10:30! On the ride to the airport I got to see China that wasnt Shanghai. Shacks ...
... of western prices.. not sure how long goods will last.. shrinkage, breakages likely.. Guess that's why in Asia it's called "Shopping for fun!!"
I negotiate the thousands of tourists, locals alike down the remainder of Nathan road admiring the high end stores, the Xmas decorations, the opulent hotels etc
With my day's stroll taking a total of 10 hours the seat on the star ferry home was welcomed for more reasons than the view!