Last of Hong Kong/In London and Loving It
Trip Start Jan 22, 2013
21Trip End Jun 03, 2013
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Here's a recap of the last few days in HK. The day after my last post, we took the ferry to Hong Kong island to see what was on the other side. Turns out, there is a lot more money on the other side, as well as ex-pats! And heaps of fun stuff too. We really liked it there. We explored the IFC mall, had a look around the place, took a tram (double decker) for the heck of it and ended up in Causeway Bay which was pretty cool. That night, we caught up with our good friends Damo and Sylvie and we went to a rooftop bar for drinks, a great restaurant and out for cocktails. It was lots of fun and great to catch up with them. Damo has just started a business in HK and unfortunately it is just for HK residents at the moment, otherwise I would give it a free plug here (because readership of this blog has to at least be in the thousands by now)
Our last day in HK was a Saturday which was great because we had the day with Auntie Jeanie to hang out. After going out for brekky, she took us on the world's longest series of escalators, out to Lantau island on a boat ride to see pink dolphins (every time I thought I saw a dolphin, it turned out to be a piece of rubbish bobbing in the ocean. But still, the boat ride was fun). We went out to see the Big Buddha where I amused myself taking stupid pictures of Steve holding it, or having it on his head. We had a seafood lunch, looked around at the markets and enjoyed smelling the dried fish (not). Later we went on a cable car ride which was awesome and a bit scary. It was a great fun day and a great end to the fun we had in HK. Thanks to Auntie Jeanie for being best host ever!
Flight to London, smooth flight, good meals, on time, blah blah...(fyi - Step Up 4 is terrible) - landed in LONDON! Omg I love this city so bad. It is such a beautiful city, so much to do, so much fun. It even put on a sunny, clear blue sky day for us on our first day! To celebrate the great weather, we headed out and did a walking tour of the city courtesy of Steve's free iphone app. We saw so much - Buckingham Palace, Victoria memorial, St James' park, Trafalgar Square, Southbank, Big Ben, Parliament House, London Eye (didn't go on it, lines too long - maybe another day), Westminster Abbey
Today we went to see the changing of the guard at Buckingham palace which was very pompous and cool at the same time. We ended up arriving a bit late and so we marched along with the band (correction: Steve marched on the off beats so he will now be known as King of Syncopation). It was an over the top affair to essentially do a shift change and I loved it! Randomly, the marching band played an ABBA medley and then Don't Stop Believing by Journey after the changing of the guard. Felt like back home at a school band eisteddfod with that repertoire! (Minus the squeaks, with actually a good tone and intonation, and a person on every part).
Another huge London highlight - going out to Jamie Oliver's restaurant, Fifteen. Fifteen was set up to give young people aged 18 - 24 who are unemployed or under educated an opportunity to have a successful career in the food industry. Each year they take 18 apprentices and they give them proper training and experience for a year so they can begin a career in food. It is an extremely cool idea and a very inspiring place. Loved it and loved the food!
That's all for now. A bit surreal being here - didn't think I would ever get over here and see and do all these amazing things. Loving it even though London has gone back to its trademark crappy weather today!
Hope you are all ok back home with the ridiculous weather in Bris at the moment. Thinking of you xo