Hong Kong Watch Copy?

Trip Start May 18, 2005
Trip End Jul 10, 2005

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Monday, May 23, 2005

This entry for Sunday & Monday (I think - since the plane ride I have been pretty much disconnected from time). The map seemed wrong last time. Sorry about that. Will learn how to fix it another time.

When we were last on-line it was from a coffee shop at the top of Hong Kong Peak. The Peak was wonderful - as always. Took the walk around - beautiful, cool, fecund-like. Moss, ferns, and from the trail, looking down on the tops of trees - and then a sea of buildings. From the Peak one can truly see how big HK is and how extensive the harbor. Actually, only part of HK is visible from this vantage.

Star Ferry also wonderful as always. Rode Twinkling Star, Night Star, etc. What could be finer than the Star Ferry? About $0.25 US for the 7-12 minute ride. The harbor is like magic - boats of every size & type

Went back to Ladies Market in the afternoon and bought a backpack for $120 HK (~$15 US). I started the trip with a wheeled duffle bag that my neighbor, Jay (Hi Jay) threw away, but it is awkward & so now I too will discard it - though few things are really thrown away in HK. Ladies Market is about 5 blocks of 3 streets blocked from traffic and One of the women at the mkt told Jeff re his sunglasses, "You old-fashioned," then she & her friend went into gales of laughter. He now has a pair Oakleys - sort of. This area has more people on the streets (it was Sunday) than anywhere I've ever been. Truly seas of people. Wonderful experience.

Had more mango drinks and 2 big sticks of chicken satay at the market for total $16 HK (~$2 US). Alright!

Of course everywhere in HK is crowded. We've been paying attention to how people walk through these huge crowds and so far, this how it seems: People get into streams; nobody tries to get assertive or pushy; usually eye contact is avoided, though most people are pleasant (maybe a little surprised) when contact made & acknowledged. Incredible to be in so many people & never get jostled. There seems to be a universal agreement on moving amongst one another & it is a marvel to be in this sea of people. This does not hold completely true in the lower Tsim Sha Tsui (more touristed area), though, tourists are not necesarily all the problem - many many Indians, Middle Easterners, & Africans (immigrants, temporary workers & businessmen) in this area around Chungking Mansion - where there is a constant litany of "Watch, copy? "Tailor?" And so on - endless touting or, as they say here, hawking. It gets a little tiresome after a few days.

The way Leslie & I always traveled & the way I'm traveling with David & Jeff is less tourist attraction & more time on the streets - especially the back ones. Everything is an adventure - buying a plug adapter, whatever. Running errands in a strange place - It's also about learning new things, like how to ride the bus or subway, whatever. Mainly, just making the scene.

Last night we ate at a halal restaurant in the back of Chungking - 2 curries, samosas (Hey Chuck M. - mighty fine eats back here).

Jeff & I got started on talking about Vietnam last night. Strange to have conversation like this with David around. Brutal stuff - lots of death (how this man & that was killed) & beneath that, hope. Many dreams last night - but not about war: teaching (I said to my students, now I'm going to tell you how it really works ...) & parasites (wondering are they roundworms or flukes & then one flattened out & then the others followed suit - flukes).

Tomorrow will pick up visas for Vietnam. Young man working was a UPenn grad. Odd conversation.

Hong Kong: Great food, many people, lotsa shopping.
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chaskemp on

charles, hk sounds wonderful, just like before.your descriptions take me back! will comment more via email. much love, leslie

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