We took a train to Hong Kong. Never assume anything I would say since we spent almost a day without food. We assumed that they will accept both currencies on board, but of course the accepted currency was not Hong Kong Dollar which we had with us.. Lucky start! 😉
During the 19 hours train journey from Shanghai to Hong Kong we met a super sweet girl from Hong Kong. We had lots of time to share stories, heh. It was super to get hints from the local. She even wanted to spend a day with us and guide us around! Again, super kind! She took us to Lantau Island to see Big Buddha and experience the old fishing village Tai O. I have never been a huge fan of Chinese food but in Tai O we tasted a Chinese old-school fish pancake which was sooo delicious! Our new friend told us that there is no place in Hong Kong that serves these pancakes since just old people do that. Damn! So typical when you find something you like it is impossible to get it. Luckily I found another favvo down town, bubble waffles!
About food, have you heard about Chinese hot pot? Thank god we had the local friend with us. It would have been such a messy dinner otherwise, heh. Or actually I think that we would not dare to try it all by ourselves. Anyway the idea is funny, you have a hot pot on a table and basically cook your meal by yourself. You have two hours and you can pick up the ingredients also by yourself. So we got to try maaaaany different fishballs, meatballs, vegetables, noodles, sausages.. A lot of stuff! It was definately a challenge to walk home after this meal, heh.
Again we were staying at the rented apartment, via Airbnb. This time went also smoothly. Unfortunately we did not have as much place as in Shanghai so we did not (or almost could not) eat ”home”. Sounds nice, but at least I prefer to eat at least breakfast home. Luckily we were staying at the area called Mongkok, there are plenty of restaurants and shops. It is hard to describe the flow of this area. It was like a controlled chaos, heh. The funniest thing was that in Mongkok streets are split up into different areas; there are a shoe street, flower street, pet street etc. Smart! Oh and if it seems that there are no restaurants, just enter some weird staircase and you will find one. It was really common in this area that restaurants are not on street floors.
I liked Hong Kong a lot! It reminds me of my favourite serie Hawaii Five-0. I have never been in Honolulu, but as far as I could ”see” it reminds me of Honolulu where I want to visit so badly. So the first sight made me happy! And the city kept its charm the whole week! In my eyes Hong Kong is a trendy and modern business city where people are really friendly and helpful. It felt also that the nature is in a way close. If I go back someday I want to go hiking. This time we kept it easy and just visited Victoria Peak to get a bird perspective of the city. Breath-taking!
Slowly but surely Asia is affecting us. It starts to feel normal to eat with chopsticks. For instance with noodles it feels more obvious to choose chopsticks than to pick a fork and knife. Soon it is not just my height which fits in here, heh.
About a week ago we crossed a boarder between Vietnam and Cambodia. This time border-crossing went fine for everyone of us. Last time it did not go that smoothly, heh. My posts are a bit behind mostly because of a not-so-great internet (partly because of me 😛), but soon some thoughts about Vietnam. 😊