Hong Kong was big and fun and expensive and also quite beautiful for a city. It is divided by water into two halves that overlook each other and the views are incredible. On top of having two mirrored harbour fronts, it also lies amongst mountains. There is shopping, hiking, temples, markets, bars - you name it and you can find it here.
On out first day we arrived in the afternoon exhausted after going to bed late and getting up early so we accidentally took a nap for 3 hours. By the time we left our nice little apartment (in a very old and rather sketchy looking building with only a very narrow four flights of stairs and a faint smell of urine to get to our room) it was dark and we were hungry. So we found some - you guessed it - cheap but delicious dumplings to eat and headed to the temple street night market. There are considerably fewer Engrish tshirts in Hong Kong unfortunately.
We went back to our apartment and (as it was almost my birthday in Asia) I facetimed my family for the first time of our trip. Now when I say I facetimed my family I really only mean most of my family, and not all at once. I got to talk to my mom who was home in ancaster and exclaimed "I've never done this before!" (Facetiming, not talking to her daughter). After a nice long chat I then talked to my dad who was in Las Vegas for business (who also had never facetimed before) and then PJ who was in Kamloops, BC. I got a message from Graham and Jessie who were in Greece at the time, but no live chat unfortunately. I think it might be the first time all five of us have been in completely different parts of the world. And I'm sure mom was having the most enjoyable time out of all of us gardening at home in ancaster
The next day was my birthday! We made the theme 22 With A View so we planned to do everything (as the title clearly explains) with a view. Brent bought me a bottle of champagne and the plan was to pop the top off into the harbour at the avenue of stars, however the bottle was actually a sneaky twist off so I was a bit confused and disappointed about that. Then we took the ferry across to the island and took the team up to the peak to see a rather cloudy and rainy view of the city. We rushed back to our apartment to change into our fancy clothes that we bought for super cheap in Taiwan and had high tea on the 102nd floor of the Ritz Carlton, a swanky hotel with an amazing view! We finished off the day with drinks and a lights show on the harbour. A perfect birthday.
The following day was shopping and eating (of course) more dumplings at a delicious dim sum restaurant called Tim Ho Wan. We spent the evening at Causeway Bay and had dinner at a quirky little restaurant called _______ that supposedly served Asian comfort food. We both ordered "macaroni" and expected (as any Canadian would) some sort of macaroni and cheese dish, but instead we received bowls of an unknown broth full of macaroni noodles and slabs of meat. I had luckily just stuck to "Ham Macaroni" so mine had about four large slices of Christmas dinner style ham. Brent on the other hand had ordered "House Macaroni" which had approximately five different types of meat in it including what was unmistakable ox tongue. Yuck. Maybe it's just me but I have no intention I tasting something that can taste me back. Overall the restaurant was good though, and we spent the rest of the evening walking around Causeway Bay, drinking 7Eleven pear Somersby, and sitting with our legs dangling over the water watching the stars and lights from the buildings and fish jumping out of the water.