Today is New Year’s Eve in the Chinese lunar calendar, and festivities have been ramping up throughout Hong Kong. One tradition is that nighttime markets pop up all across the city, and I visited the largest one this week.
This weekend was a great one here in Hong Kong; on Saturday, several of us exchange students spent the day on Lamma Island, and on Sunday morning, I attended a church service for the first time since my arrival.
I’m convinced, and this is not an exaggeration, that for just about everything Hong Kong and America have in common, Hong Kong does it better. Seriously. I’ll probably make a post by the end of my experience here about all the things Hong Kong is just better at than America, but one that gets an article of its own is the movie-going experience.
So, it’s cold here in Hong Kong. I thought I was leaving cold weather behind, but it followed me. Fantastic.
During my time in Hong Kong, life has obviously been different from life in Ohio. Big differences, like riding the bus and taking the MTR instead of driving, impact everyday life in substantial ways. But I’ve also noticed a slew of small differences. They’re not life-changing, but they’re just enough to make me say “Huh, that’s interesting.” I’ve been sick this week and haven’t really done anything, so I’d like to share these observations in the meantime.
This week capped off my first week of classes at HKBU, and I also did some more sightseeing in my spare time. It’s been a busy week, but I’ll do my best to fill you in.
I finished my first full week in Hong Kong by snagging a camera and heading to Lantau Island, the largest of the 200+ islands that make up Hong Kong. It turned out to be a great way to cap off my free time before classes started.
Yeah, you read that right: this week, I was in my first vehicle crash. No worries, it could’ve been much worse. We all walked away uninjured, but chances are if you saw the headline, it grabbed your attention, right? Details on what happened later, but it’s time to jump into what I did over the past couple days.
Over the past couple days, I’ve had the opportunity to start exploring Hong Kong, and to say this city is lively is a massive understatement. In the U.S., it’s typical for stores to be open 8 AM-5 PM. But here, many stores are open 10 AM-10 PM or later. Certain parts of the city, particularly those frequented by people my age, come awake long after the sun goes down. I’m typically a night owl, so this would seem fantastic for me, but students here take staying up late to a whole new level. Many won’t go to sleep until anywhere between 2-5 AM and sleep until noon on a regular basis. They even schedule classes around their sleep schedules. The walls are thin in my dorm, and these nocturnal students have been riding skateboards and dribbling basketballs down the halls at 3 AM. I’ve got to buy some earplugs.
Hello from the other side of the globe!
After flying roughly a combined 17 hours and 8,500 miles from Columbus to Toronto, then from Toronto to Hong Kong, I’m finally here. It’s surreal. I keep asking myself “Is this real? Am I really here? Am I crazy for signing up for this on impulse?” The reality of my new situation still hasn’t quite sunk in yet. I mean, I know I’m here in Asia for the next 4+ months, but I don’t think my brain really gets it yet. Luckily, it understood well enough when to go to sleep and when to wake up this morning. I’ve been here roughly 24 hours now, and I don’t feel any effects of jet lag, so that’s a plus. Continue reading “Thoughts on my Flight and First 24 Hours in Hong Kong”