Monthly Archives: February 2014

Chinese New Year and Macau: The Las Vegas of the East

Check out my first hand experience of Chinese New Year 2010 (year of the tiger) and Macau in this blog post from my study abroad days.

Who doesn't love fireworks? Plus a perfect spot to view them from.

Who doesn’t love fireworks? Plus a perfect spot to view them from.

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Don’t Ask Questions: If it Tastes Good, Eat It

Here’s the second installment of my study abroad adventures in Asia. Read how I began my exploration and continued acclimation to my new home away from home.

February 7th, 2010

Well! It was quite a full first week for me in Hong Kong, to say the least.

A view of the city skyline at night. This was when I truly began to fall hard for Hong Kong.

A view of the city skyline at night. This was when I truly began to fall hard for Hong Kong.

Since arriving, I’d been to Stanley Market and Victoria’s Peak, ridden the tram down from the top (which naturally had a Burger King and Bubba Gump Shrimp company on top), visited Wong Tai Sin temple in the middle of Hong Kong, watched the horse races at Happy Valley one evening (and watched others throw away money betting with no idea what the stats meant), and wandered in awe around Tsim Sha Tsui (TST to everyone else) where some friends and I bought hydro-foil tickets for a day trip to Macau the following weekend during the Chinese New Year. Whew!

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Good-bye Atlanta, Hello Hong Kong!

Let me preface this post by saying, the following posts are from my time studying abroad during my junior year of college at Emory University. I had the opportunity to attend the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology from Jan 2010 until June 2010, and it was the scariest and best thing I’ve ever done. It was when I was bitten with the travel bug, and seriously understood how much larger the world is beyond the US borders.

When I first wrote these blogs, they were for a group of friends and family back in the US, so I could share my experiences with them week by week. I’ve kept the original dates of all these posts, and I hope you enjoy my trips down memory lane. Without further ado, let’s go to Asia!

Yes, this is the beautiful university I resided in during my semester abroad in Hong Kong.

Yes, this is the beautiful university I resided in during my semester abroad in Hong Kong.

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