Hong Kong is Mine

I conquered Hong Kong yesterday!  Again, I put on my big girl pants and went it alone.  The funny thing was however; I wasn’t so alone.

Once I got my bearings and a mocha, I headed out in search of an area of Hong Kong called SoHo (south of Hollywood Road) – it’s also known as Central.  This is where the Central-Mid-Level Escalators are and where there is a huge concentration of shops, restaurants, bars, antique stores, and art galleries.  I have been here almost every time I have been to HK (it’s fabulous) but someone else has always been the lead.  So I wasn’t really sure how to navigate to this area or around it.

For anyone who has known me for any length of time understands I literally have no sense of direction. None. Zero. Nada. If the temple is on the left, I will inevitably go right. You get the idea. As a result, whenever I travel, I always have enough cash in my pocket for a taxi ride.  It saved me once in Paris, but I didn’t need it yesterday!

The great thing about this day was that it was all mine.  At 9 o’clock in the morning, the sidewalks are already teaming with people, it’s blustery outside, I’ve got my boots on with my headphones blasting.  Here is the playlist so you get the idea:

Gold Guns Girls by Metric
I Got Mine by The Black Keys
Got Nuffin by Spoon
Satellite Mind by Metric
Help I’m Alive by Metric
Jars by Chevelle
Sleep Apnea by Chevelle
A New Momentum by Chevelle
Break Me Down by Alter Bridge
Watch Over You by Alter Bridge

And there I am in Hong Kong.  It’s just crawling with life and I am finally beginning to make it my own. It felt amazing.

I ended up finding all the shops I wanted to find and I also finally purchased a second memory card for my camera.  That way, if I am out shooting photos and run out of space; I can just exchange the card and no need for downloading.  Yeah!

During the day, I also ran into several people who I work with, which was oddly comforting.  Once I figured out how to get to one my favorite places for breakfast, I ended up eating with some people from school who had only arrived a few minutes before me.  I was on the ferry with about five people – going and returning – as well as running into various people throughout in Central.  By going by myself, I opened myself up to new people and possibilities.  It was grand.



  1. Susan Wachowiak

    That’s my girl!!!!!

  2. Jude pidgeon

    Sounds like you are an old hand. Remember I said it takes 6 months to feel “at home.” you sure are making the world your “home.”. Aunt Jude

  3. you go,girl|

  4. Kate Freeman

    What a grand day, indeed, Claire! I could see you navigating the city with a big smile on your face – way to go!

  5. That’s the ticket, Claire. You own Hong Kong – and are taking names!

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