Hollywood Road & Sweating Like a Pig

Trip Start Jun 03, 2013
Trip End Aug 25, 2013

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Friday, July 12, 2013

The airport was completely empty. So strange.

I slowly made my way through the terminal to the main part of the airport and figured out how to catch the Airport Express. I bought my ticket for 10 HKD and got on the train.

As soon as the train exited the airport tunnel--WOW--paradise--so green and lush, surrounded by water. It reminded me of Hawaii. The sun was coming up, lighting everything perfectly.

The train takes 24 minutes to get to Central Hong Kong from the airport. It goes through Tsi Lin (sp?), Kowloon, and then the Central stop.

It took me awhile to find the D exit leaving the train station. The walking directions from the hotel say to take the D2 exit. No D2 exit. Then it says to take Theater St. No Theater St. I dragged myself and my suitcase and three bags up and down stairs and around the streets of Central Hong Kong trying to find the way to my hotel. The directions given on the hotel's website are completely useless.

It said to take the elevator at Wyndham Rd. then take the escalator across the street. WTF? There was nothing. I finally found the Mid-Levels Escalator (the longest in the world supposedly), and I can only assume that I was supposed to take that. However, the escalator was only coming down the giant hill, NOT going up, which is where I needed to go.

I was physically exhausted from carrying/dragging the bags. I just stood there for awhile holding back tears. Besides, I couldn't cry, I'd already lost too much fluid in sweat. The humidity was unbelievable.

Finally I was like, fuck this, I've had ENOUGH. I'm taking a taxi. So I went down to the next big street, Queens Rd., and grabbed the next taxi I saw. Best decision I'd made thus far. The air conditioning inside the car was icing on the cake. A mere 26 HKD and I was checking into my hotel in no time.

Now, for the hotel. I had mentally prepared myself for some hardcore battle. It was only 8:30 a.m. or so. If they even dared not have my room available (considering they had made me pay for it) it was game on. And let me tell you, I was in no mood to lose. However, the room was ready, so I quietly retracted my claws.

The receptionist guy got the elevator for me and swiped the little box and pushed the button before I could even see what he was doing. Then he told me I had to do that to use the elevator. Uh, ok.

I got in the room, and it's great. Right away I noticed the free bar. If it wasn't 9 a.m., I'd be having a party (with me as the only guest).

I took a quick shower to get all the gross sweat off me, then went to Cafe O next door for free breakfast. Since I had paid for the night before, I had this morning's breakfast coming to me.

I had scrambled eggs with sauteed mushrooms and onions with watermelon juice and tea. Well, I thought it was tea. I got coffee. How was I to know that "Long Black" was coffee? They were nice and brought me some English Breakfast tea.

I went back to the room and tried the internet. I actually got on Facebook and sent a status update. Wow, it was sooooo slow. I couldn't log into my gmail, because gmail decided I was getting hacked by someone in Hong Kong. NOOOOOO you dumb gmail people...it's ME. Of course, they wanted to do the "we'll send your code via SMS." NOOOOOO my phone doesn't work in Hong Kong. So frustrating.

I then did what I had planned to do...a walking tour of Hollywood Road. I liked Man Mo Temple. The smell of incense was very intense, but it was really interesting. I made it to JavaJava Coffee & Tea Lounge. It's a really cool place, but the barrista girls were not very friendly. I ordered iced tea, but wondered after I started drinking it if the ice was safe. I figured probably not, given my luck over the past 24 hours. At least I've got plenty of meds if I need them.

I went back to the hotel and took another shower. I got on the internet, which was much faster this time, but still couldn't access my gmail account. I watched TV for a little while. It said in my room that the lounge next to the reception had drinks and snacks, so I went down to get some snacks.

Well, they said I had snacks in my goodie bag. Goodie bag? But I didn't get a goodie bag. So they gave me one filled with a Lindt dark chocolate bar, puffed potato chips, gummy bears, etc. Apparently, the guy should have given it to me when I arrived, or maybe it should have been in my room already. I dunno. They definitely didn't have snacks by the reception area though.

One thing I do like about the hotel is that all the mini-bar stuff is free. I had some juice from the fridge, and I made myself a Bailey's coffee with the Nespresso machine and the little bottle of Bailey's from the bar. I took the Harney & Sons tea bags and put them in my suitcase, knowing I would appreciate them while I'm in Beijing.

After lazing about, I decided to go back out. I wanted to see the water and skyline, and hopefully get dinner. It's like walking out into a sauna. I really didn't know how far I'd have to walk, but I knew it couldn't be too far. I walked past the train station and saw that it was just beyond that.

There was a mall just before the water, so I went in there to cool off. Zara was having a huge sale, so I had some fun in there first, and even found a pretty dress. Then I went out and took some pictures. I started heading back towards the hotel in search of a place for dinner. I couldn't find a thing.

I did run into an area that was crazy busy  with people and bars, but I saw nothing in terms of food being offered. I went up the Mid-Level Escalator and saw a restaurant that looked like it'd be good, but I'd have to walk back down when I got off to find it. Forget it. I never did find a place for dinner. So I went back to the room, took a third shower, and finished off some of the snacks.

I got packed up, called for a wake-up call, and called it a night.
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