One 15+ hour flight later and Ben and I are waking up to a Sunday morning in Hong Kong. Scoring an insanely good Travel Zoo deal (thank you Top 20!), we paid our $1100 for our four flights:NYC –> Hong Kong –> Tokyo –> Hong Kong –> NYC. My only regret is not having more vacation days to take full advantage of the unlimited lengths of time we could have spent there.
We landed on a Sunday morning and promptly took the MTR Airport express which felt like a bullet train and led us straight to Central in literally 24 minutes. Fastest, smoothest experience I’ve ever felt going from airport to city, ever. I should stop to warn you hear that our experience in all of Asia is that you should probably get cash. That being said, the subway system here is clean, efficient and so easy to navigate.
We arrived at the Butterfly on Hollywood which I’d highly recommend as a great strip to see lots of different things (close to main roads, restaurants, Victoria Peak etc) but our room wasn’t ready quite yet. We chose instead to walk around and stop for tea and snacks at Teakha, a foursquare find. I wish I’d gone back for their green tea cheesecake 🙁
After that we finally went back and took a much needed shower. The Hollywood theme was really cute with little butterflies indicating firm/soft pillows and a surprisingly great view. As we were warned everything was lilliputian size and Ben proceeded to smash his head and limbs into everything. Meanwhile I took a shower which included puzzling instructions encouraging me to turn on hot water and the A/C at the same time. Welcome to tropical, humid cities.
At this point I realized that I’d packed my D80, 50mm lens, 72mm lens, full stack of SD cards…and oh wait, that’s right no battery charger and of course my batteries were dying.
We popped down to causeway bay/wan chai where I struggled not buying things but bought a charger and headed back for an impromptu lunch with my friend Chris who happened to be in town and saw my foursquare check in. We stopped by the Blue Butcher where Ben had a Fig + Cheese cocktail. Despite sounding disgusting, the scotch based cocktail was unexpectedly interesting.
We grabbed some family style Thai lunch and promptly headed back for a nap.
When we woke up we did a ton of mall trolling, walking down Hollywood and grabbing dinner and cocktails before heading back after a long jet lagged day.
Dinner was Mak’s Noodles which we later found out was an Anthony Bourdain pit stop for an episode of the layover. We pointed at some things, explained Ben was allergic to shellfish and slurped up some of the best noodles I’ve ever had.