Saturday, March 22, 2008

Rain, Rain Go Away from HK!!

In HK for the weekend...this is a city rapidly shooting up my list in top cities of the world, possibly laying claim to my #2 or #3 favorite city. Reasons?
  1. Excellent mass transit
  2. Tons of bargain shopping
  3. Lots of English speakers for gringos like me
  4. A very clean, safe city
  5. Amazing views

Last night, our plane was an hour late, so we didn't get to our hotel until around 12:30 a.m. Lame. We just hit the hay to get started on today's journey.

Slept in until 8:30 a.m., which for me is sleeping in. Came down and used the free WiFi in our sweet hotel. Love this place, even though it is slightly on the down side as far as space for Asian hotels. Next, got in a quick jog...wanted to my long 9 or 10 miler today, but then the front desk dude, all of 11, gave me horrible directions. Will try again tomorrow...managed to run around the horse racing track which is just nearby.

After the run, showered up and we went to Times Square, which is there imitation of our NYC. It was fun. Walked around the mall, saw some ridiculous prices on stuff, and then headed back to our hotel for our city, which rocked. Went on a city tour for about 3.5 hours, which included:

  1. Victoria Peak
  2. View of the Harbour
  3. A trip to a local jewelry manufacturer, where we would have gotten to see the jewelry actually made, but Hong Kong observes the Christian Easter. China does not, but Hong Kong (which I thought was a territory of China, but is officially recognized as a 'Special Administrative Area') does. Take that, Kenny. Snagged a cool necklace for Steph.
  4. Stanley Market, where I was able to snag some Chinese XMAS ornaments, some 100% silk ties ($1 a piece!), and some knock off Gucci purses where I haggled the heck out some lady. It was awesome.

About to go get showered up and head to dinner...we are going to a place called Cafe Deco, which is known for its amazing views of the city over the bay. Looking forward to it!

Cheers to Duke hopefully pulling their heads out of their rears tonight. Since it starts at 2:10 a.m. my time, I won't be watching over the Internet, but will check the score in the morning. Let's hope for a dub, but they have to play about 1,000 times better than they did on Thursday to have a chance of advancing.

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