Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I would like to be in Hong Kong right now

I was surprised by how much I loved Hong Kong. Husband lived there for a few years as an early teenager and was keen for me to see it. So we went there as part of our honeymoon. I thought that having grown up in the bush, with nary a cement building in sight, out in the wide open spaces I'd find Hong Kong claustrophobic, smelly, busy and just too much. But au contraire! I L.O.V.E.D it! Granted we were only there a week or so but I found it both small community and big city. Surprisingly green. Old and new. Agh I can't explain it properly but I loved it. And I feel like being there for a couple of days now. But I can't so instead some pictures.










13 comments:

spacedlaw said...

Sounds like a fascinating place indeed, full of contradictions and of the unexpected.

Shiny said...

I love the graveyard pic. My parents have always had a fascination with graveyards so, as children, we trailed around graveyards. A lot. Sheesh, that makes us sound odd (which, of course, we're not) - it was all about the history and stuff...

Ooo, look at my word verification word: sploop. How lovely.
x

Reluctant Memsahib said...

what fantastic pictures.

hat spotted your pregnant belly squizzing the screen over my shoulder.

is she pregnant? she asked.

no. she just ate too much lunch.

hat laughed: i like her dress, she said.

and my word verification is thydras which sounds like something greek with three heads.

Angela said...

Really? Is it a nice place? It always scared me stiff. The two days I had spent in NYC made my heart beat madly for days, and I thought Hong Kong was even worse? But if you say it`s green and nice, I will try to give it a a chance...next time I get there. Thanks for giving me new ideas!

Anonymous said...

We're funny people aren't we? Us, who grow up in the bush! We love the quiet and the space, and on principle object to crowded places with too much going on. But the dirty little secret, which you have just let out the bag, is that we quite like the craziness every now and then.. just for a while! Lobbee

family affairs said...

I grew up in Hong Kong and those photos make me feel really homesick!! What school did your husband go to? What years was he there? You never know - maybe we crossed paths (although suspect he's a lot younger than me). Lx

Miranda said...

Spacedlaw - exactly! Its great.

Shiny - I also LOVE graveyards (always used to visit the one in Grahamstown for some peace). And this one was amazing. Just squished into the tiniest space and full full full!

RM - yes I'm telling people that I just had a really good Christmas! Or maybe just ate a thydras

Geli - yes I expected scary hustle bustle just all too much which it has but you can somehow escape it if you want to and it feels so safe. You need to go and check it out!

LOBBEE!! Thanks for the comment! You are very right! We're not such country bumpkins after all. Well, maybe a bit... indeed I have just let the cat out the bag. And I'm not saying I could LIVE there full time but I'm sure I could manage a year or two??

FA - yes I remember you saying you grew up there. His dad was posted there in the army mid 80's I guess. They lived in Repulse Bay. Will have to find out what schools they went to!

karen said...

I've never been there, but it looks amazing. Thanks for making me feel like travelling - again! (typical bushdweller here) I enjoyed Singapore. HK does look and sound a bit similar, I think?

Mud in the City said...

That's quite a burger!

I tend towards the wide open spaces rather than cityscapes (despite the error of living in London) - but there is a certain vibrancy and vividness that comes with Asian cities. Not to mention the food!

Rob Inukshuk said...

Good old Honkers eh?
I guess similar could be said of us city folk - a week in the bush is wonderfully relaxing, but "live" there? Not so much! Far too quiet. Perhaps for a year or two. ;~)

Lori ann said...

Great pics Miranda, it looks exciting, will you get to go back soon?

Miranda said...

Karen - never been to Singapore but quite different I hear?

Mud - I know, doncha love that burger! And the food Well, quite.

Rob - ha! How true, how true!

Lori - I'd love to but who knows! S many places to visit...

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

I am always surprised at how small the center of a big city really is. It has a definite small community feel for me... a real neighborhood atmosphere even with many thousands of people located within a few blocks. Almost always there is green space available which is what every big city needs. My husband spent some time in Hong Kong and liked it very much. He'd like to go back & take me for a visit. The great travel expanse is a bit overwhelming for us at sixty- and seventy-something. Thanks for the photo tour. I especially like the 1st night shot. Colorful.
Lizzy