1. The lovely Nicole preppin our fighter for the ride 2. Some housing in the hood 3. Behind those trees hide nice stuff 4. Entering Bei Jiao town to begin our quest for a nail salon 5. Leaving Bei Jiao town in the nick of time after the full mani-pedi 6. Chasin storms
My birthday is on December 11th, for those of you who don’t know. This year, I turned 19, which isn’t a particularly fabulous age… But hey, any reason to celebrate is a good reason to celebrate!
As always there was an initial plan…
Friday 11th: Work until 4pm and hang out with co-workers.
Saturday 12th: Tilly n Tina would come visit from Sanxiang to celebrate properly Sat night and stay until Sunday then head back.
and a final plan which involved me getting on a bus to Hong Kong Friday afternoon, texting Charlie and getting him to join and popping up at Mirador Mansion around 9pm that night. Finally found Charlie (or he found me) around 10ish and ended up just talking and talking and talking and talking and silly C made me completely loose track of time so I ended up not going out to meet my fellow Swedes at LKF for Lucia celebrations…
But the weekend turned out to be grand anyway. Spent Saturday walking about, going to Lantau and seeing another big Buddha, then having really nice Indian dinner (and trying those papadams Charlie was going on and on about), hanging out at a pub with the smalles glass of Guinness ever seen and finally hitting the clubs of Wan Chai with cool cat Anders, his girlfriend and her fun loving Indonesian friends.
Turned out pretty cheap too, as I didn’t have to pay for a cabride home. Wan Chai MTR starts running again at 6.30 ^^….
Counting down the days until weekend was easy, but it was counting down the days until our first holiday that was our main goal. Autumn Festival or Golden week, which starts with the Chinese National Day on October 1st, was a week we’d been looking forward to for a long time. There were so many suggestions for what to do during this week, including trippin’ up to Inner Mongolia, soaking up the sun on the beaches of Hainan or be amazed by the marvelous city of Hong Kong.
We chose the latter.
However, National Day we spent in Guangzhou. On National Day, we said goodbye to all the guys taking the 40h train up to Hohhot and chillaxed before our third companion arrived. In the evening we watched some fireworks, which were beautiful, and just walked around on Bai E Tan Jiu ba Jie (Bar street in Fangcun).
The next day we hit Hong Kong and so the infatuation began. We didn’t really do that much, just saw the nunnery, went to Kowloon park and hit Ocean Park (which was AMAZEBALLS) and Lan Kwai Fong (party party party!). Mostly we just chilled and walked about in Causeway Bay, where we were staying. I wasn’t in love then and there, but I wouldn’t be able to resist giving the city of many M&M flavors, pretty lights, impressive sky scrapers and amazing shopping several chances…