Did you ever expect a tropical island in Southeast Asia to get close to freezing? Neither did I. Here’s how I lived through one of the coldest snaps (not happily I might add) that Hong Kong’s seen in recent years.
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.
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!
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!