Pacific Coffee Company

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

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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Updating from a computer at the Pacific Coffee Company (a Starbucks copy). We just picked up our visas for Vietnam this morning. No other solid plans for the rest of the day, so we may shop or whatever.

Monsoon season seems to have started yesterday. It rains lightly off and on throughout the day, with intermittent sun. It's cooler some of the time, and sticky humid other times. No big news to report as of yet. Yesterday was a shopping day. I found a really nice polo shirt (Express) from some sort of outlet store (resale I think). $29 HK, meaning less than $4 US. Then I got some really light cotton pants for $30 HK. I love these deals. While it's more trouble than going to the mall and shopping in the US, it's really satisfying to finally find that shop with the one shirt in your size that you like, in a color you like, for a price you like. Haggling is kind of fun too, but when you just want a few shirts, you don't really feel like haggling every time. But now I have something other than t-shirts, a must for such a cosmopolitan city. Before, I felt underdressed - something very unusual for me.

There was one adventure yesterday, when Jeff bought a shirt with two price tags (but he only saw one). One said $59, the other said $24. Of course, he saw the $24. Then as soon as the girl handed him his changed, he asked about the price, since he expected much more change. The girl refused to give him a refund or anything. Finally, when my dad came by and said he'd go find the police, she gave in. Later, we went to the night market several blocks from our closet, and shopped around there. That's where I found the pants, and my dad found several things he was looking for, too.

I'm kind of spoiled to having these computers or internet cafes. We leave tomorrow for Vietnam, and I don't think I'll be updating at all from there. On the plane, though, I'll be writing up my overall thoughts on Hong Kong. I might make it into a short story, too, since I've been feeling like writing one lately. There's something poetic about this city, something beautiful yet still just beyond my words. There's something about the people, about the traffic, about the sounds and smells. Something that I can't quite describe in words yet. But I will. I planned to focus on practicing my viola and writing when I get back to the US, but I think I can start that writing while I'm here. I feel so inspired.

Ok, well I guess I'm off to go shopping, in the rain, perhaps. I've really enjoyed this city, but I'm about ready to move on. To the countryside. Or somewhere not so cosmopolitan. Don't worry if the next update isn't for a while - it probably just means that I can't find a computer in Vietnam.
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chaskemp on

go charles!
tell your dad that he has learned well at the feet of the master! the next time i say'have i taught you nothing?' he must remind me that he got a refund on an overcharge in hk- as rare as my return/exchange, i expect. i'm thrilled that you've enjoyed hk so much. may the rest of your journey be as safe and exhilarating. love, mom

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