Gorgeous Macau.

Trip Start Oct 27, 2008
Trip End Oct 27, 2009

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Sam: I love Macau! It was by far my favourite place yet. Firstly just a mention on our journey from Hangzhou to Macau. Our plan to sleep in the airport blew up in our faces (even though the girls at the hostel said it would be ok). For 1 hour it was ok then at 1am the security turned off all the lights, ushered us out and locked the doors. The airport is in the middle of nowhere. We contemplated waiting outside for 5 hrs but it was freezing and raining. This obviously has happened before as there were many many people outside trying to sell taxis and hotels, none of them spoke english and they were quite aggressive. Being the only western couple outside the airport we were surrounded by about ten of them, it was very intimitating. Then Jesus helped us! Well a security guard who spoke english. I just told him to tell the taxi man to take us to the nearest hotel, at this point i didnt care what it cost! And he did and it was all ok. Lesson learnt. So after taxi, taxi, taxi, plane, taxi, boat, and bus we arrived in Macau to the dirtiest, most skanky, filthy horrible hotel ever ever!! Which later transpired to be a where a prostitute ring was run from at night. It was truly awful, our friend had things stolen from his room and our air-con exploded while we were in the room. I can now understand why this is the only cheap place to stay in Macau. It was either this or the Luxor or MGM grand etc etc. Oh i could go on but i wont. We coped. But Macau was wonderful, such a beautiful country. And it was warm! Full of casinos (gambling is illegal in china except in Macau) and lovely bars and restaurants. In a way it was similar to Shanghai with the bright lights and skyscrapers but it just felt so different. I didnt want to leave, and for sure i would go back. I guess one of the highlights was my bungee jump which just happens to be the tallest in the world. It was bloody awful and i would never ever do it again. I have never felt like that before in my life, i felt like i was going to die! So glad i did it though and have that experience to remember. I think toad boy has found his calling in life. He loved it and went mental with adrenaline. Honestly ive never seen him so crazy. We've made a friend that we've been hanging around with and just so happens to have the exact same year long journey as us. He's irish and called dennis and he's cool. So we're in Hong Kong now (only 1 hour long ferry away from Macau) for 3 nights until our flight to Bangkok on saturday.

Giles:  So my plans to save us a little money by sleeping at the airport blew up in our faces didn't it?  I still partly blame the hostel for saying it would be okay and what a good idea it was.  Nasty staff there.  I don't think I've ever feared for our safety as muc as I did when we were hounded by a bunch of aggressive taxi drivers trying to pick up the last fare of the night, tourists no less, so I'm sure they all thought CHA-CHING!  The worst part was when we were actually in one taxi and another pulled up alongside, shouted some Chinese at the driver, looked at me and Sam, laughed hysterically and drove off.  We thought we were going to be taken to a field somewhere and robbed blind.  Sam did some good thinking and shoved the passports down her pants just incase!!  And then during the journey the driver stops dead at a set of green lights, looks at us, reverses slowly around a corner (at which point I was ready to go mental)... but it turned out he missed the turning for the hotel and all was well.  He ripped us off at 20 yuan, but I would have paid 100 just to get us to the hotel safely.  Anyway, as Sam said, lessons learnt.

Macau was absolutely gorgeous, hot weather for a change, proper shorts+flip flops weather the whole time - it's not going to be cold anywhere until New Zealand nine months down the line!  (So expect a package with my jeans, jumpers and coats Mum!)  Surprisingly I didn't try any of the casinos, had more fun just walking about exploring the place.  Really is a beautiful picturesque place.

So the bungy jump!  We only found out about this place as Dennis came to Macau especially for it.  Sam ended up doing it first, I was so proud - it looked scary as hell 233m up - the tenth tallest tower in the world!  8 second freefall before the bungy cord kicks in and slows you down too.  When Sam and Dennis came back up after doing their jump I thought "sod my blood pressure/asthma/heart condition, I'm going to do this" so I signed all the consent forms saying I'm a healthy-happy chappy and into the harness I stepped (no Donna, it wasn't as "hilarious" as Go Ape that time!!) and up I stepped.  Good God it was incredible.  The view alone was something - was so high up you could see all of Macau peninsula and the two islands in the south.  The winds were fairly fast too which was fairly nerve wracking.  Still, over two million jumpers and no fatalities they all told us.. but how many have ended up in psychiatric institutions and wheelchairs and such?  They didn't know...  Anyway, the jump was absolutely amazing, the freefall was immense and watching the ground come hurtling towards me at 200km/h was just insane.  Got to do this again... so I did!  The next day me and Dennis went for a second jump whilst Sam filmed from the bottom (and waited patiently for a few hours like a true angel).  So there we go, we both jumped from the tallest bungy platform in the entire world.  Pictures and videos to prove it!

In Hong Kong now, seems nice enough, the hostel we're in is absolutely brilliant - the owner Simon is one mad Chinese fella, but so kind and happy you wouldn't believe.  Will update with more stories form here before we head to Bangkok.

Much love, Gam and Siles xxx
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