Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Year one quickly ends and year two begins!!

Needless to say it has been a very long time since my last post. During that time I took a long weekend trip to Hong Kong that was much needed with one of my friends here. While we were there we took two “Big Bus” tours. They are double deck, British styled, buses that tour the area. We did a tour of Kowloon and one of Central Island. I never would have imagined how much of a business area HK was. It made NYC look like a joke. Because Hong Kong is full of skyscraper that are on the side of lush green mountains overlooking beautiful Victoria Harbor. Luckily, while we were there it just so happened to have the big, yellow traveling duck in the harbor. So that was pretty cool to see it, as it had been traveling around the world for the past few years. A month or so prior to our trip the duck has suffered a hole and died for a few days until it could be repaired. It left HK a couple days after we did. Also, during out time in HK the duck wasn’t the only well known face. It wasn’t until the day we returned that the Edward Snowden news broke. Yes, we were there while he was.
While there we met up with one off Vee’s college a friend that is from there. She took us around one night to the street markets, restaurants and to Lan Kwai Fong. LKF is known for the bars and after business cocktails.
While having 2 full days already in HK we decided why not go to Macau for the next day since it was only an hour fairy ride away. Macau is said to be the Las Vegas of the East. While we didn’t see as much nightlife venues as Vegas may have it still had hotels like the MGM and Wynn. Vee and I did a little gambling and then went into the older part of town.

Macau was once a Portuguese colony. So the buildings have a more European style to them. Quiet different to be surrounded by European style but it be full of Asians touring. See as Macau only has a population of 500,000 they depend on gambling tourism a great deal. I am glad we went there for the day to check it out for future reference and to have yet another stamp in my passport. :) 
As that quick trip ended we were down to the final weeks of out 1st year and the end of an era for many of our friends in Korea. The final weeks of the summer were spent in Daegu and one weekend at the big Boryeong Mud Festival. 

continuing tomorrow.. time to go home soon!

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