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That One Time In Hong Kong

Hong Kong was simply beautiful! There’s nothing more to say about it other these pictures… 

The big city in China.

Of course I had to take a picture of the Mercedes AMG going through downtown!

First meal in Hong Kong had to be traditional.

Even blurry, the beauty still shows.

First taste of home on the trip.

Gondola ride to the Big Buda.

Aerial view of the man made island that houses the famous Hong Kong international airport.

Larger than life!

They’re everywhere!!

Beautiful, but fake.

Beautiful and real!

This was a trail named, “The Wisdom Path”. It was lined with these giant split trees that had random phrases in Chinese engraved in them. There was no translation so I had no idea what they said.

I really wish I knew what they said.

We ran into some locals on the path.

The architecture was breathtaking.

These statues were offering gifts to…..

THIS!! The Big Buddha.

Hong Kong is one of the most colorful cities I’ve ever seen at night.

This building was constantly changing colors.

The Bank of Hong Kong building.

This picture was a bit of story. Me and a couple friends I made there went on a journey to find a tram to the top of the hill overlooking the city. We got lost a lot on that journey, but finally had success being the last people up for the night. Once up the mountain, we walk to the famous viewpoint where I took the camera out, turned it on, removed the lenses cover and it was at that was about the time the bright city turned off their lights for the night. So this was the last picture I took on this trip, which was bittersweet being that I loved this place, but I just ran out of time!!

Stomach Pains: Starting Off in Bangkok

  21 hours! 

 That could explain a lot of my journey to Asia. When the girl at the front counter of the hostel asked me, “how was my flight?” I simply replied, 21 hour and 3 different airports. She just nodded and laughed. 21 hours earlier, I was dropped off at the SeaTac airport by my buddy Mike. Unfortunately it was 4 hours early and the wait felt like forever. That didn’t make me feel any better than what I was, being that my nerves where already uneasy about what I was jumping into. 
Inside of a Boeing 777
The first leg of the flight was 12 hours to Taipei, Taiwan where I spent 5 hours eating breakfast at a café in the airport. The next and final leg was a 3ish hour flight to Bangkok, Thailand. Once off the plane, I went through customs (twice because I forgot the immigration forms) After, I quickly found a shuttle to the street near the the hostel I booked, leaving that airport in record time!!   Once I stepped out of the shuttle  and grab my backpack is when the heat and humidity hit me. It was a bit overwhelming, but luckily I met a lovely couple on the shuttle from New York that was visiting Asia for a couple weeks, so at least it wasn’t alone for my journey to the hostel. Their hotel was just on down the street for me. After being guided through the hostel I decided to put my stuff away and go down to the lobby to see if I could meet some people I could go and explore with. I know if I laid down for a nap the jetlag would sit in and I would end up like the time in Amsterdam where l was jetlagged for several days. The great thing about these trips is that you learn from your mistakes. 

The streets of Bangkok 
   I decide to go walk the markets and experience the street life which is very difficult than home. The smells can be good and bad within a couple feet. the drains to their temporary kitchens just go out into the street. Some of the food looks delicious, but every once in a while you find something that was either questionable or just down right disgusting. This is when I start developing some problems, every time I sat down to eat with the group of people I was with, I would instantly lose my appetite even though I was hungry. This went on for about four days and as I’m writing this, I’m still going through it. (Although I have been eating a little bit more than I have been.)   

My days in Bangkok were very much the tourist route. I never did anything to extreme. I managed to go see the Royal Palace one day and got to see some temples the next day. I was prepared for this though, I knew that the first part of my trip would be a hit or miss, but once I get used the way how things go in this country I become more laid-back and start doing the fun and out of the ordinary thing that backpackers do!