Thursday, 18 March 2010

Hong Kong Installment 1

I'm afraid it's taken me a while to get my act together to put the Hong Kong excursion on the blog. It's mainly because there were a lot of photos to plough through, but I have finally done it and it's been a lot of fun. We headed off on friday morning, bright and early. We took the Narita express, a very organised train (or so we thought) from near where we live. But our expectations were thwarted when we found ourselves stuck in a train tunnel for an hour!!!!! Needless to say it was a tad stressful and when we finally got to the airport it was a mad dash to the check in, where we just about made our flight. Phew! Didn't fancy trotting back to Tokyo with our tails between our legs....

After a four hour flight, we landed at Hong Kong airport and got the very efficient airport train into the centre where we checked into our hotel. The first port of call was Sam's tailor, as we wanted to get a suit made for Neil for the wedding. We had the details of how to get there and crossed through Kowloon park which our hotel overlooked. It was a very foggy day, but warm and mild and we were struck by the tropical feel to the whole place. The park had beautiful foliage all around with exotic birds singing in the trees and a "flock" of flamingos all preening themselves by a pond! It was quite a surreal experience to see them all there, clucking away, with massive skyscrapers looming up behind them.

We managed to find Sam's tailor (while being accosted by several other "tailors" en route, all with cheap suites or watched to flog) without too much problem, and they took all of Neil's measurements, asking us to return the next day at noon for his first fitting.

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