Hong Kong Exchange, Travel

Wong Tai Sin Temple, Hong Kong Island and My First Vehicle Crash

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.

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Settling In, Shopping Around and First Sightseeing

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.

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Thoughts on my Flight and First 24 Hours in Hong Kong

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”