It was coming up on three months that I’d been in Taiwan. I know, it’s hard to believe that it’s been that long that I’ve been here, but to put it into context, the first six weeks was waiting around for my debit card to arrive and I still had about two weeks before my three months was up. So in reality I guess of actual tourism/exploring Taipei I had been busy for about a month. Regardless I wanted to renew my visa before I ‘had’ to renew. So I thought that the best place to go was Hong Kong.
I left Taipei on a Monday morning and arrived in the afternoon. It was pretty uneventful and to be completely honest I wasn’t too enthusiastic about having to make the trip. I think this kind of set things in motion for a sub-fun experience. –It’s all in the mind.—If the mind is happy everything goes well, if it’s unhappy, then you can bet that things will go wrong.
I had been to Hong kong before about two or three years ago, so I didn’t really have anything special that I wanted to do or see. It was nice to be immersed in the chaos that Hong Kong is known for. It is a stark change of what I’m getting used to in Taipei. I remember writing about the amount of people in Hong Kong, and there is, at least in my opinion, nowhere else in the world where there are so many people packed in such a small place. It can be a little bit of an overload to the senses.
So I got here Monday afternoon and made it into the hostel within a few hours. The flight is only like 90-minutes long, but all the traveling to and from the airports add about 5 extra hours. I even got lost finding the hostel that I was going to be staying. The directions were spot on when it came to the macro, but in the micro it was a little tough. As a result I knew that I was really close, but it ended up taking about an hour just to find the building.
I did my usual things when I go someplace, I explore. I walk around with the idea that maybe if I’m lucky I’ll get a little lost and hopefully stumble on to new places. It didn’t really happen this trip to Hong Kong though. I think I just wasn’t in the exploring mood.
I really haven’t done too much since I’ve been here. I’ve taken a few trips to places like the waterfront and to the night market. I made one trip to the night market in the day, but it was empty… go figure. Traveling around the area it seems really familiar and I have yet to get lost. That is saying quite a bit considering I get lost all the time.