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Special Administration Region Recap: Hong Kong

Hong Kong truly is a world class city and I absolutely loved it. It reminded me of New York, except maybe cleaner and easier to get around. The public transport system there is amazing. It’s fast, clean, efficient, and easy to understand. I really think it’s the best public transport system in the world. (Well, maybe London’s is on par.)

It’s also a shopper’s paradise. We didn’t do any shopping, of course, but we did spend most of a stormy afternoon wandering around malls. In the central area, many of the buildings are connected by bridges or tunnels, so you can go all over the place without getting rained on. We were able to stock up on all our supplies and see The Hunger Games without ever going outside. (For the record: I thought The Hunger Games was a great movie.)

The food there is also among the best in the world, with the added bonus that you can find any cuisine you can imagine. Of course, you have to pay for it, but I think Hong Kong is more affordable than the other major cities of the world. (For example, we could easily find beers for around $6, or $4 during happy hours.) We ate burgers, falafel, hummus, noodles, steamed buns, and Hong Kong style French toast with kaya jam or peanut butter in the middle.

Our best meal, though, was with Sid and his wife Rad. Sid knows my Aunt Diane’s friend Barb, so he kindly agreed to have dinner with us one night. They took us to an awesome Thai restaurant in “Rat Alley” (just its nickname, I don’t think there’s actually rats there) and ordered dish after dish of delicious food. Everything they picked out was really good, but the fish we had for the main course was definitely the best. (Actually, maybe the mango and sticky rice dessert was the best. Too close to call.) But the company was even better than the food and I’m so glad we were able to meet up with them.

Then the good times came to an abrupt end and I got sick the day we left. Actually, I was already sick the day before, but it got really bad during our travel day. I’m still not sure if I had the flu or food poisoning. Regardless of what it was, it was not fun to have on two plane rides! At least I had been healthy for about two months. That’s probably a new personal record!

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