Showing posts from June, 2017

Last Days in Hongkers

Boy did I go out with a bang. I did genuinely try to end my time in Hong Kong in a subtle manner, because I didn’t want the last few months to be a forced rush trying to complete a bucket list. Despite that commitment to normalcy during my last days in Hong Kong, things started picking up last weekend. My friends made sure I had a hell of a send off, and the weather was of epic proportions as well.

Saying goodbye to my Cici
Last weekend we did a dinner on a private sampan in Causeway Bay typhoon shelter called Shun Kee. Mid-meal there was an amber rain alert issued, which meant we were stuck on our tiny boat with piles of seafood. The final course was fresh crabs in chili and fried garlic which made my freakin' day. Soaked to the bone, we failed to take any group pictures, but I'm sure not going to forget the experience any time soon.

The transfer boat which took us to our dinner boat
On the last day of school, my friends and I fulfilled our annual tradition and did the lunch bu…

Montezuma's Revenge

Today officially marks two weeks left in Hong Kong for me before I move to Atlanta. I never made an official bucket list but I have been trying some new things lately. I did a dining in the dark experience with friends last night where we ate a 5 course meal that we couldn't see. We didn't know what any of the dishes were in advance, and that made the whole thing way more fun. Did you know that beet is really hard to identify if you can't see it?

This had me thinking about how we take the food here for granted. In my four years in Hong Kong, I have had food poisoning twice (from some Indian delivery and delicious spicy Korean fried chicken). That is nuts! Considering I had diarrhea for two years straight when I lived in Ecuador, the hygienic nature of Hong Kong restaurants is something I really appreciate.
A true dumpling guzzler, in Hong Kong
One of the downsides to backpacking is that you will get food poisoning at some point. It doesn't matter if you are staying in f…

Hong Kong Theme Parks

I've gone to the two big theme parks in Hong Kong with my friend Scott in the last couple of years, and I'm going to break down the experience for you.

1. Hong Kong Disneyland: I'd say only go here if you are a Hong Konger. For someone visiting, there is way too much cool shit to do around the city to spend a day at the tiniest Disneyland ever. Although, maybe if you have a family it might be different. It was a lovely day, and just as magical as other Disney parks, but coming from Florida it just didn't compare. There were no big roller coasters! The Disney parade, Mad Hatter teacups, and It's a Small World rides are all classics, though.

2. Ocean Park: Now this theme park is worth a visit, maybe just for the views. Part aquarium/part classic theme park, this adventure land is built into a mountain top and is straight up epic. Massive aquariums full of penguins, sharks, jellyfish, sea lions, and rays are dispersed amongst a range of thrilling roller coasters, so I f…