Day Two – Hong Kong

After a less than stellar night’s sleep, we were up and out of the room pretty early. We had plans to go to Stanley, on the quieter side of Hong Kong. So, after breakfast and stopping at the Hong Kong tourism bureau, we hopped the Star Ferry over to Hong Kong and then took the city bus to Stanley. The drive was beautiful although we ended up making like a million stops along the way. We eventually made it and meandered along the waterfront. We bought a few things for the kids and then worked our way to Stanley market. It reminded me of a mini Thai market. We found a nice, small piece of artwork and made our way back to the bus. The return went much more quickly but by the time we returned, a storm was on the horizon.

We then walked to the Star Ferry to return to Kowloon with the hope that we’d make it to the tallest building on Kowloon for spectacular views. Unfortunately, the sky opened up on us on our return and that ultimately put the kibosh on the skyline viewing. So, we made our way back to the hotel to dry off. And upon our return we found that the hotel had delivered to our room a bottle of champagne, strawberries, and chocolate in honor of our anniversary. We were touched by the gesture but were exhausted so we decided to shut our eyes for a minute. By the time we woke up, it was 645pm and we knew we were in trouble. In order to try to facilitate a decent night’s sleep, we went out exploring in the pouring rain. I do not recall experiencing rain in that magnitude ever before. In what started out as a second attempt to make it to the tallest building on Kowloon, shortly turned into an expedition to find a brief respite from the rain and a little bit of food. We had a quick bite to eat and then virtually swam our way back to the Intercontinental and went to bed. All in all, it was a good day. We got to hit the highlights of Hong Kong and were looking forward to our flight to Bali the next day. Hong Kong is definitely a city we’d like to return to one day…

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