Before heading to Asia, friends gave me lists of things to do in Hong Kong and told me how much I’d love it. Well, I have to admit, Hong Kong and I got off on the wrong foot. Coming out of the subway into the sweltering heat and massive crowds, trying to find my way around, I felt like bursting into tears. I had just left my sister in Macau and was feeling a little teary-eyed to begin with. As I made my way along the sidewalk, squished like a sardine, I was completely overwhelmed by all the pushing and shoving just trying to get down the street. The Canadian in me found myself constantly apologizing as I was bumped from one person into the next. The smells, the crowds and the overall confusion of trying to make my way to my hostel had me hating Hong Kong before I really gave it a fair chance.
Monthly Archives: August 2013
Today instead of sticking in my headphones or opening my book, I sat and talked to the girl beside me on my 3-hour train ride to Seoul. We talked about our countries (South Korea and Canada), relationships, jobs (the restrictions on flight attendants here means I likely wouldn’t have a job), fave tv shows, education, travel and more. She shared interesting facts about her county and the role of women in relationships. (Cooking is a good thing… So I’d be bad…) The conversation and laughter came easily and then she presented me with this gorgeous fan as a gift. Days like this are perfect examples of why I travel.