27.03.2012 - 29.03.2012
I'm just two hours before leaving Hong Kong for the Philippines. I feel like I have done a lot in the 48 hours I've been here.
The first Impression is mind boggling. Hong Kong is big in every possible way. The are so many people on the streets, the building are enormous and the variety of food is confusing.
First of all, I've spent most of my time in Hong Kong with an Israeli couple I met in the Annapourna trek in Nepal. Niso and Noa who came to Hong Kong to check up the university - they want to study their second degrees here. Niso studied east-Asia (and law), so he speaks Chinese, and he has been here a few times before. It was like having a private tour guide.
The first night we just walked around the city, including the promenade. Later on, Niso and I continued to a local market to eat something weird... On Wednesdays, as I read in the Lonely Planet, there is free entrance to museums (!). I went to the Art museum (didn't like), the Space museum (disappointing) and to the Science museum (totally awesome!).
After touring the Science museum for three hours I got tired and went back to the guesthouse. At night, all three of us went to see a 3D movie at the Grand Cinema as part of the ongoing Hong Kong Film Festival. We saw a Japanese film called Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai. It was quite good. We were the only people who got into the cinema with food. Also, as the movie ended, no one left their seat until all the credits ended. Weird.
Today I just walked around in the Kowloon park, before heading to an internet place and then - to the airport.
One other thing worth mentioning is the guesthouse. It's amazing how small rooms can be. I stayed in a room which was 3 meters over 1.5 meters, including a bed and a bathroom. (When you take a shower, you stand over the toilet ) It was managed by very nice (but lazy) people from Ghana. This whole complex, Chungking Mansions, is like the Tel Aviv central station. A lot of immigrants (especially Indian and Arab) who live here. All in all, it was a nice experience to stay here.
Something a bit different: I think I have reached a point in my trip where I have sort of an insight about it. In a long trip like this, I have learnt to let go. I think most of my life I have been very worried of making mistakes, calculating every move and trying to predict every outcome of every action. In this trip, things are much more relaxed. I don't have to be so efficient all the time. I can take the longer way to a place, because I have time, and also, I will probably see interesting things along the way. It's OK to get lost sometimes. It's OK no to know how or even where you are going.
I hope I can take this with me when I come back.
Till the next time in the Philippines (with Dana!!),