Bem-vinto a Macau.

Trip Start Oct 09, 2009
Trip End Jan 21, 2010

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

I woke up at the sight of one of the city's many casinos towering over the city. It was raining heavily as I stepped off the boat and arrived in immigration. It was immediately strange how there were signs in Cantonese, Portuguese and English. Being white and slightly tanned I was greeted with 'Ola' and I nearly switched on my Spanish.

Once I cleared immigration I hopped in a cab to my hotel. Once there I just flopped onto my bed and stuck the air con on. What an exhausting day it had been. At 6pm I thought I'd get a few hours rest and then have a walk around the old town and I woke up at 11:30pm! I thought that I might as well have an explore now the rain had stopped.

It was all very bizarre, the main square was quintessentially Iberian colonial and the 60th anniversary commemorative arch for the Chinese Republic made an even more interesting mix of cultures. As I wandered around the quiet streets I was very much reminded of Havana, however these streets were even more tatty and had no atmosphere or music like that of the Cuban capital.

As I turned a corner into another plaza I saw 3 girls chatting on a bench and they smiled and asked "what's your name?" As you do in Asia, I stopped and told them. They asked my age and where I had come from. When I told them they laughed and stood up and said a few things to me. Only after this did I realise that they were lady boys! I said 'see you later' and one touched me on the arm with his/her manly hand and said "don't go".
"Sorry" I said, "I've got to get back to my hotel". I legged it but they followed me shouting through the quiet streets "Harry, come back, come back". I couldn't shake them off so I darted into a narrow side street and bought a bottle of orange juice to lose them. As I came out of the shop they were no where to be seen.

I climbed the old Portuguese fortress stationed on top of a monolith (big rocky outcrop) and walked around the 400 year old walls before descending down to La iglesia de Sao Paulo (the church of St Paul). This is one facade of the 400 year old cathedral that had its roof and other 3 sides destroyed by the Chinese. After admiring the building I headed back to my hotel for some much needed rest.
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