We Made it to Hong Kong

Trip Start Sep 11, 2005
Trip End Dec 13, 2005

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Friday, December 2, 2005

Hong Kong: Bright Lights, Big City

We have made it to China. Although we wish we were headed to mainland China, we have no more time, and absolutely no extra money. So we are enjoying Hong Kong and anticipating Tokyo. We look forward to meeting up with some friends of the family there. In the mean time, Christmas shopping is on the mind. We are finding this is as good of place as any to master the task. The problem is, where do we put all this stuff?

My first impressions of Hong Kong were good. The airport is great and has a clean, safe feel to it. Actually the whole city has that same feeling. We easily found our way to a delightful double decker bus which took us into town. We walked through the busy streets and ended up at our hostel. Hong Kong lodging is outrageous, so we were happy to find an affordable place.

It's tiny. The sink is in the shower. So we keep stepping over all our stuff, trying to find more. The boys are giving us the most trouble with Christmas gifts. We kept hoping to find some amazing deal of some high tech new invention, but it just isn't looking good. We are trying to be creative. The other issue with shopping is that it can't be too big, too breakable, or too expensive. Meeting those criteria is more difficult than you could imagine.

Often as we are roaming the streets I look up in amazement. I always imagined Hong Kong as a huge city with lots of lights. For once my imagination was correct. Everywhere you look there is another big building reaching high to the sky. There are bright lights everywhere showcasing the next product or company. In the middle of it all are people, lots and lots of people. I don't think I have ever been in the middle of so many crowds.

At first the whole experience was somewhat exhausting. People everywhere can wear you out. Somehow it can then turn into a feeling of exhilaration. Everyone is alive and busy and headed somewhere. We joined the masses and dove in to this city wide shopping experience. Everywhere you turn is another shopping mall, street side market, or something glistening in the window catching our eye. Many times we can only afford to stare with our jaws open. Other times we dive deep into our pockets thinking the trip is almost over, we can make money soon.

This is the first place where we have seen Christmas decorations. It is not as intense as at home, but is a nice reminder that we are in the middle of the holiday season. We don't hear many Christmas tunes though. Our first night here, Charlie and I walked the bright streets singing the songs to ourselves. We smiled along the way, making great memories.

We still have many sight to see in the next few days. We'll let you know how it goes.
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