Our new alleyway! On the left: rare books store, art gallery, and go-to cafe. On the left: the old Victoria prison to keep us in check.
Went on an adventure yesterday around Hong Kong Island to explore the two biggest parks: Hong Kong Zoological Park and Hong Kong Park (yes, so differently name it makes it so easy to know which is which).
These parks are incredible though, and definitely more than just a leisurely stroll–you will definitely get that thigh and glute workout going as Hong Kong is never short of inclines. Both parks have all sorts of caged birds like flamingos, red crowned crane, and the very rare American duck…I also swear they caged a pigeon and a raccoon. But regardless, it’s an amazing experience and definitely more jungle than it is park. Especially at the HK Zoological Park where there are orangutans and monkeys making all sorts of noises I’ve never heard of.
At the HK Park, closer to the financial district, there is a massive aviary for birds and it is nothing short of where the Pteranodon are caged in Jurassic Park. It’s incredible. The best part though are the views, each park is equal when it comes to amazing backdrops of the city surrounded by mountains and wildlife. I cannot believe this is our new backyard.
We’ve made it to Hong Kong…we are officially “Hong Kongers”/ “Hong Kongese” / “Hong Kong Chinese” (apparently the name for a true citizen is still TBD across the globe).
The travel was surprisingly a joy (actually no surprise at all, Business Class gave me so much joy). After sipping the champs and reclining totally flat (hello airplane heaven) we both slept 8 hours. Which basically slapped jet lag in the face.
Our new set-up is quite nice and comes with sassy building title: The Mood. Looking at it from outside it’s pretty much a tall toothpick. I still have no idea how we do not sway in the wind–it is incredibly narrow as each floor is just one unit. Over this past week we have made considerable changes to make it more cozy (i.e. fuzzy blanket & eucalyptus Diptyque candle).
The biggest thing we noticed when walking into our apartment was the humidity level. There are two dehumidifiers in our unit and we empty both twice daily. When I say empty, we literally take out a bottom tray that is filled with water and dump it out in the sink…it’s around 3-4 gallons daily. That’s the level of humidity here.
There are some random smells I catch outside from the locals but I have not yet figured out what it smells like; it’s just not appealing. A mix of fish, rice and possibly steam? Stay tuned.
All and all, it was an easy first day or two and we love living in Central. Definitely the area for fun bars, restaurants, and expats. Oh, and LKF (Lan Kui Fong, the street for all the major clubs) is just a block away–> looks like Rachie Shit Facie & Blackout Hirsh will be making more than just a few appearances while living here.