Mosying round Macau (and Indiana Jones)

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

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Tung fong hotel, tr da Felicidade

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

13:07 We're on the way to Macau today. Rather later in the day than planned, but that's because yet again it was a late start for me.
Omni, our weird dorm mate came to bed at 3am and decided there was something really important in a plastic bag that he had to keep returning to, thereby waking the entire dorm, and me through earplugs, as he was upstairs he was also shaking the bed for ages too. I asked him to shut up, but he carried on.

So I was up at 11.30, had tea and toast and a banana and me and Dave set off for Macau. As were going back to the hostel I have packed only my day bag and left my rucksack and other bag at the hostel.

I've brought one pair of trousers- my zip off shorts ones in fact. And as sods law goes, on the underground something started leaking on my trousers. I discovered 2 baby oranges in the outside side pocket of my bag that I had just squashed and the juice had gone all over the upper part of my trousers. I am now sporting a weird mark on them and so will have to try and clean them up tonight! Argh!
13:50 We're on the turbofoil boat, it cost $134 which is about 10 It's almost like an aeroplane in it's layout- 2 seats, then 4, then 2, with a tray table and airline seatbelt! At least the putting on a lifejacket bit makes sense, being on a boat! I like the way the abandon ship procedure is written. "spoken words abandon ship 3 times given by the captain or by his deputy in case the captain is incapacitated" I think if anyone started shouting abandon ship I wouldn't care who it was, so the need to clarify it might be the deputy if the captain is incapp'd is slightly irrelevant!

It was pretty choppy as we got on the boat, but fortunately it's not too bad now we're away. It's a clear sunny day again so the view of HK island as we go round it is very clear.
There are loads of islands here that we weave between and they look like they have pretty nice beaches too, the bigger ones seem to have flats or a hotel on them.
16:38 We've found a funny little hostel down a side street Rua De Felicidades which used to be in the red light district and some scenes from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom were filmed there (we think the bit 11mins in!) The hostel has character and an owner who barely speaks English but loves that I've called his outdoor area on the roof - a roof garden. He really laughed about that! He says he has Internet, this is true, we can find Tong Fong Hotel in wifi, but he has no idea what the password is so it's a bit pointless really.

We've come into the main area and found a bunch of people demonstrating about something.

The architecture here is a real mix of portuguese colonial with Chinese edges. I suppose the reason that HK doesn't look at all British anywhere is that it's been ripped down and made 10 times bigger.
The signs are all in Chinese, Portuguese and English which is very handy, and all the street names are Portuguese.
20:21 We had a look at the Grand Lisboa, a very grand hotel and casino. The hotel lobby was full of incredibly expensive items like Ming dynasty bronzes, massive jewels, and incredibly detailed carvings.

We wandered around central Macau and found little bits of Europe everywhere in the buildings, road names, paved streets and familiar big brand shops, with the little bits of china down the small side streets selling silk clothes, meats and tea.

We walked back and went into a gadget shop. I've bought a gadget - a single cube speaker that works in my iPod and computer. It's very small and wasn't very expensive. Then we explored the backstreets and found the Rua Da Felicidade, which our hostel lies off. There were indeed red shutters down the street and it looked very clean. Perhaps if we go in the day it will be teeming with Market stalls etc.
21:03 We've been back at the hostel over an hour, watching a film on my laptop. We think we hear rats in the walls, and there is lots of noise in the corridor. The mattress on the bed is solid so I think sleeping in the duvet will be the best bet for some comfort. Perhaps an early night will have us out and sightseeing in good time tomorrow.

Best: the familiar european streets of Macau

Worst: the hardest bed ever

Beautiful: the islands and views between HK and Macau
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