Etikettarkiv: Hong Kong

French vacation month and lost postcards

French vacation

So, finally the French vacation month started and the city supposed to be empty… Or no, the Metro supposed to be empty the city is full of Japanese tourists.

But something has changed. Noticed last year both in town and at work many of the French work in August, not at all so empty and cozy as it was my first August in Paris. Just like it is in Sweden where July for years been the “no one works month” this is no longer the case. So Europe is changing.

Postcards on the loose

Remember me being in Hong Kong? Yes, in May. Now, when postcards from Uruguay (last week) starts to turn up among my friends it is a fact that none of the 12 cards posted in Hong Kong reached its destinations. If a few never reach the final address I can blame the post but none? So, it feels like the reception at the Hotel in Hong Kong took the cards and the money (you leave cards and cash to the concierge and they take care of the stamps and posting) and forgot about the cards. The money most likely not forgotten. So a tip, in Hong Kong, buy stamps in the Post office and post the cards in a real mail box. If not do not trust the Indigo Hotel with your money and cards. A pity cause over all the service staff was really nice and the service good.

Björn

Hong Kong 3

One day to explore Hong Kong

Caused by the fact that the trip went one day short (see the blog post Hong Kong 1) I only had one day to really explore Hong Kong. If I had been smart I would have booked the Hotel one more day and even if checking out at least kept the room for one day more and sight seeing some more. But I am Swedish, if not blond at least light haired = stupid…

Hong Kong is a amazing place and I do not regret at all going there but from my point of view one time will be enough. OK, if going for work I gladly do it, and maybe even visit some on the small small beaches to get some tan. But I will not spend money for a holiday. It is a big city and even if the skyline is amazing how many big city skylines can you see and say “Oh, I will go back and look at the skyline again”?

Since I’m not a huge fan of different kind of food I can´t say I am a fan of the Asian kitchen either. But I found a few really good restaurants after walking around in the neighborhood but none of them specialized on the Asian kitchen. And lets be honest, a rice and fried pork in Asia is not the same as that dish at the local China Restaurant in Stockholm.

I did not have a chance to interact much with he locals, I think as everywhere you enjoy a place if you have that opportunity. Maybe not ask them to take you around but at least give some good suggestions on what to see. For me, just for a day, I decided to take the “hop on Hop off” Big Bus service and kind of do the “must see”. And no time for the rest.

Based on the fact that Hong Kong been a UK colony I was surprised to find that so few people spoke English at least a few words. Chinese was obviously the choice of language in Hong Kong, even if most signed are in both Chinese and English. This only created a problem in taxis.

And we can go on with the humidity… I am amazed people actually try to dry their laundry on the balcony of their apartments its impossible it will ever get really dry. For heavens sake clothes hanging in my bathroom in Paris hardly gets dry cause of the humidity in a bathroom.

It feels like you walk out from the Hotel and find yourself swimming to get anywhere. And without places with AC it must be a nightmare. And of course cause of the AC I went home with a cold. Two sides of the same coin.

But overall I left with a good feeling and my travel tip is to if you have a chance for a layover or two three days in Hong Kong take it. But do not plan a 7 day vacation, a long weekend felt enough.

Björn

Hong Kong 2

Work first enjoyment second

Not much to say about the meeting I attended in Hong Kong, I am not much of a “presenter” of PPTs, I prefer to work in small groups and discuss but this went a bit better I think cause I could walk around talking, not sitting behind a microphone reading like from a script.

So not perfect, but better.

Björn