Our cruise around the world
Trip Start Jan 04, 2013
33Trip End May 01, 2013
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The glue that holds all these places together is the Star Ferry System where you can jump on the ferry and go from the closest to the furthest point any time any hour of the day for 32 cents and it is free for senior citizens but you first have to get an octopus card which we didn’t bother to do. Once on any island the public transportation is excellent and affordable
Today after putting out the blog we took a self guided bus tour of Hong Kong Island on a double-decker bus. Your prospective of this city is so different and a little scary to see how the driver maneuvers this very larger vehicle through the streets and byways of this crowed city. We took a few pictures and hope they do justice to the skyscrapers and skywalks all over the city.
At dinner we met our new table mates a single woman named Margaret who lived most of her life in Montana, but now lives outside Denver. The other couple is from Capetown, South Africa and they live on the slope to table mountain. Neither has ever gone around the world and they feel it would be too long for them, but we all told them they would get used to it. There was the light and sound show again this evening and unfortunately there was a misty night, causing the laser lights to not project as far or as straight as usual, but still beautiful to see with all the skyscrapers lit up and the flashing lasers slicing through the sky
Our last day we went to the Art Museum where they were having an Andy Warhol exposition and we got to see some of the contemporary Chinese artists. On the street going there we met an elderly couple and gave them directions to the Peninsular Hotel a landmark Honk Kong hotel where they were going for lunch. We didn’t see them for dinner tonight and I hope everything is alright with them.
Tomorrow is a sea day and another formal dinner, we can also start going to the gym again, because since Hong Kong we have missed our daily gym date. Won’t take long to gain weight eating the ships fare without a lot of exercise, we never take the elevators and walk everywhere we can besides going to the gym almost daily.
Today our toilet didn’t flush again, we have been having an almost daily problem which they came and fix it, only for the problem to develop all over again. They had offered us another room, but we declined because of all the packing and unpacking that we would have to do
We have another sea day and then we dock at NHA TRANG, Vietnam along the South east coast. As we were docking I looked out our window and saw what I thought were electrical wires going across our bow and very low. When we left the ship to go on our tour I discovered that the wires carried a cable car across from the mainland to an island about 2 miles away. There are a number of resorts on the island that the locals visit. Our bus was a fairly roomy Hyundai, never saw one before. We traveled through very crowded streets and it helped to close your eyes rather than jump every time we had a near miss. The highlight of the tour was a visit to a school where the children couldn’t get enough of hi fiving everyone, and pulling the hair on my arms since most Vietnam man are hairless. Then they sang for us and wanted us to toss them up time and time again before we could go on our way. They took us to where they grew rice and explained about the up coming harvest, close by was a Catholic church. Vietnamese are mainly Buddhist with a strong Hindu background; there are also a number of Christians but no Muslins
Our speaker series continues with a gentleman who is comparing the economy of China and India, a very interesting subject in today’s world. We have to change the time again but not till 2PM when it magically becomes 3PM.