This past weekend in Hong Kong with Linda and Henna was absolutely fantastic! We arrived at midnight at our hostel, the City Plus Hostel, which was conveniently located, but hilariously small. You could touch three of the walls at the same, and while sitting on the toilet you had to face sideways because there was zero leg room. We laughed at everything though, and the woman who managed it was so sweet that we didn’t mind.
Our first day in Hong Kong we hopped on a bus and drove up to Victoria Peak. We were greeted with a breathtaking view of the city, and of course a mall. There are malls EVERYWHERE in Hong Kong. The city definitely has a similar vibe to New York City, so I right away fell in love. Victoria Peak was beautiful, and it was great to see the layout of the land and Hong Kong Island. We walked around a lot and had delicious food, and lots of bubble tea! There is this one chain called Hiu Lau Shan, which markets itself as healthy deserts. Their bubble teas are UNBELIEVABLE, and my favorite was the mighty mango. It had pure mango puree, coconut milk, mango chunks, and the bubbles were rice balls. It was pretty much like sticky rice and mango in a drink, and it was the best drink I have ever had. We also did go to McDonalds. I know what youre thinking, who goes to Hong Kong and eats McDonalds. But they have a shrimp and pineapple burger and seaweed French fries, so we had to try it. The street is lined with stalls serving delicious desserts such as buns, and the Chinese food was very yummy. Lots of noodles and soup. I will say that compared to Thai food, Chinese food is much more bland, but still delicious.
We took a ferry to Hong Kong Island, which was a nice sight as well. Its been a while since I have seen such towering buildings, and I enjoyed the city feel. One of the nights we went to a skybar on the rooftop of a 40 floor tower, which was also beautiful. It feels like many of the major activities in Hong Kong were going to high places and looking down. Which is awesome! Linda’s friend is studying in Hong Kong for the semester, and it was neat to hear about her experiences. Definitely different than Phuket! It seems that their course load is much more rigorous, and there are 300 international students! And obviously they play with monkeys and go on boats a lot less 😉 On the skybar we met a bunch of investment bankers from Australia and the US who work and live in Hong Kong. All the expats in Phuket that I have met are teachers and personal trainers, so it was definitely a different expat lifestyle than I have heard of thus far. Hong Kong is a really neat place, and if you are in Southeast Asia its definitely worth a visit. Just walking around is really neat and the population is much more diverse (obviously) than Phuket. The trip reminded me of how much I love cities, but I definitely am much more of an island girl.
After our amazing weekend we returned for our last week of classes! It is so crazy how time has flown by! I have less than three weeks left before returning home, and I am sure they will be the best three weeks yet. I had my ballroom dance and Thai exam, so all finished up, and just 2 exams left. I leave for Singapore tonight to meet my sister and mom, and then we will come back to Phuket to explore! Looking forward to seeing them and seeing all Singapore has to offer!