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Friday, August 23, 2013

Taiwan, Typhoon, Tired

Well,  we are leaving Taiwan.

We were supposed to fly back to Hong Kong on Wednesday, but that didn't work out. A typhoon was coming through, and half the flights back were cancelled. Of course, ours was one of those. After quite a debacle, which I will not explain in detail here, we were finally able get our flight exchanged for one today.

So, we stayed at the airport hotel and chilled.

Of course we had tons of fun visiting friends in Taiwan,  and I will post about our adventures soon! For now, it's time to try again to return to Hong Kong, but here's a sneak peek.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Hong Kong: First Impressions

My first impression?

"..." - At first, I was speechless!

I'm a bit behind with my writing due to adventures and slow internet. After we left Tolentino, we went to Noci to spend some time with a good friend while exploring the area. We then traveled to Rome for a short time while preparing for our flight to Hong Kong. We had to lighten up our luggage quite a bit due to our flight carrier's regulations, but it was worth it.

Photo by Will
The view from the taxi on the journey to HK Island from the airport

We took a taxi from the airport to our temporary flat. As you can see from the photo above, HK has a ton of natural beauty. We were so excited to arrive! 

We have spent our entire first week here hunting for a longer term flat for Will's MBA exchange. Our home base, a flat near Sheung Wan, was located in the dried seafood area. We saw many interesting varieties of dried seafood. I'd tell you what they were, but the only ones I recognized were seahorses, octopus/squid, abalone, fins, and fish. There were many more than just those.

Photo Credit: Will
HK Skyline from IFC Mall - Gorgeous!
It has been hot day and night, around 90 Fahrenheit/32 Celsius for the most part. We explored Sai Ying Pun, Sheung Wan, Central/Soho, and Causeway Bay while looking for flats. We also went to Kennedy Town with a friend from ESADE. 

One night we took a walk along the bridges near Central that allow pedestrians to walk to various destinations without dealing with traffic or crosswalks. We were able to see all around HK from the IFC Mall's roof, and Will snagged the above picture there to show off the building where his classes will be held.

On Monday we decided on a flat, and on Tuesday we signed the contract, moved in, and made the customary journey to Ikea. However, by that time, the weather had changed dramatically due to the presence of a nearby typhoon. The wind was so strong that our umbrellas turned inside out, and the rain came down in full force. This was only a level three warning, and life and business seemed to go on as usual as we dragged our belongings to our new home.

Pictures of our new place and backlogged reports from our travels in Italy are coming soon!

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