Mossies, Escalators and Markets

Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
Trip End Dec 15, 2011

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Monday, April 4, 2011

11:17 Slept pretty well last night, apart from 3am when my arms started itching and on going to the toilet I discovered I'd been bitten. I then rooted around for my deet spray, went back into the bathroom and sprayed myself then went back to bed. Weirdly, waking up today, I have no sign of any bites at all.
I had a hot shower in what is not the cleanest of bathrooms, but feel human again.
I bought a couple of custard filled croissants last night from the nearby supermarket as they were in a reduced area, and had those for breakfast.

12:25 It's a lot cooler today and cloudy 18-22, so I've got my lightweight jeans on and am going to the Vietnamese embassy to get a visa.

13:20 Stupidly I forgot my passport, however as you have to specify your dates of entry and I don't know these yet, I have to come back anyway. Notes for self $330 for single entry, and need 3 working days for processing.

14:04 Come to a place just outside central where you queue up and order food, get a ticket then queue at another window and get your food. It's like a pedestrian drive through but indoors! I'm having roast duck and rice with a drink for only $33. It appears to be Maxims, Queens Road Cafe. Harriet has honey glazed pork with rice and it looks goooood. I'm battling with bones with mine but it's delicious.

15:41 Had a little look round central station, didn't find the areas I was looking for yet, but we did only have half an hour till meeting everyone.
We're off to the escalators, these are the escalators that take you down from the mid levels in the morning and up in the afternoon. A full on outdoor (under cover) travellator/escalator. Brilliant idea really. It took about 20 mins to go up and I videoed some of it. Must catch up with uploading videos actually since it was blocked in China. There are weird Banyan trees that grow on walls. No idea how they do it!

17:05 Going on the star ferry across to TST, $2.5 for an adult. We haven't even left the dock yet and it's really wavy! Enough to make you feel a little green round the gills, but the view is great and it didn't take long to cross. 

20:29 Walked around near star harbour then into night Market again for food. The fewer you are the more you pay. Came up to Mong Kok to see if we could find the toilet themed restaurant. Sadly on arrival we discovered that it had closed down.

20:53 Said goodbyes to Suzy, Janet and Katrina, slowly our little group is dropping off. I'm going back to the hostel now as I've spent a lot of today walking and am tired and there will be more walking tomorrow I'm sure. I will probably settle down with some of the tv I've brought too as the social area is mostly people using their laptops. Dave is going out at 10 to meet Becky and James to say goodbye to them. Their flight is in the early morning, so they checked out of the hotel today and are going out to some pubs tonight to while away some time as they have nowhere else to go.

Best: the escalators

Worst: goodbyes to friends

Beautiful: the mid levels?
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When we lived in HK one of my first consultancy assignments was 6 months with the Mass Transit Railway (the underground) which was then just starting to be built. It turned out that an old school friend was one of the railway engineering executives! In those days it was just a few very expensive holes in the ground and a plan. Looking at the map pictured above I can't believe how far it seems to have extended in the 30 years since then - and integrated with other forms of transport!
It just shows what can be done if you have a mind to do so!!

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