Arriving in Hong Kong at night was a bit like stepping into some strange, sci-fi steampunk world. The skyline is absolutely incredible, especially at night. All different kinds of skyscrapers are tucked in among the coastline, only appearing from certain vantage points. This was the best night shot I could get without a tripod – a portion of Hong Kong Island’s skyline at night. In the seven years I’ve had my camera it’s giving me a major issue for the first time – autofocus refuses to work at random for a significant amount of time. Not too happy about that right now. I’m too tired to say something more substantive.
Upon our arrival in Hong Kong, we settled in and went out in search of food – only to find the downstairs vending machine was the only local option. Cup O’ Noodles it was, at 1am HK time on Saturday. I don’t think I ever want to see another noodle again after that, and I am only a couple days into a trip to a region full of noodle shops. Ahhh, the irony.
Not even the 7/11 stays open 24 hours. Speaking of which, there are 7/11s everywhere, and at first this made me feel right at home but they violate a cardinal rule – there’s no fresh coffee in sight!!! Given tea’s popularity here, I would have thought that they might have a selection of that instead. Regardless, there are a countless number of tiny tea shops in Hong Kong which will have to be tried.
The dorm room has an amazing view of the skyline, and tropical bird calls punctuate the morning while people stretch and do Tai Chi in the parks below. Hong Kong feels familiar on some counts – the city atmosphere and the consumerism enshrined by its countless malls – but it is also so much different in others.
…and rather excited!! The galleries I’ve been setting up for awhile are finally live. Not perfect yet, but almost there. Picked a favorite photo for this post, as Project 365 is temporarily on hold…. too many issues combined with the craziness of preparing for the trip – guess you could say it was a test run.