My flight to Granada leaves in two hours. The Madrid airport is amazing and I got felt up by a very handsy Spanish version of a TSA agent. I also had to go back through security since iPads have to go through separately. Hopefully my luggage makes it through. This is gonna be a strange couple of months.
I met a great girl named Laura on the flight from KC to Chicago. She was smart and cute all the while she gave me hope for the future. We talked of schools, her parents and places I must visit (lavender fields in the south of France and the Great Wall of China). Her mom is Chinese and her dad is French; they have am awesome story. She wants to get into Carnage Mellon and I think err should all say I little prayer for her success. I love the nerdiness of MIT as students find out if the are accepted on Pie day (3/14), isn’t that awesome??
Our day started out with a City Tour:
-Peak tram with the 360 degree overlook
-Sampan ride through Aberdeen Fishing Village
The peak team is kinda like a rods between a roller coaster ride and cable car. It afford some of the best views of the city. We also got to make New Year’s wishes.
A Sampan is a traditional Chinese fishing boat that took us to a fishing village in Hong Kong harbor. There only about 2,000 fisherman left while there were about 30,000 20 years ago. They told us if you came back in about 15 years it is anticipated that there will be no more fisherman partially due to the compulsory 12 years of education and the low salaries for job.
We toured a jewelry factory where I found my mom a present made of jade and the symbol for double joy. This present its a little of cause I hate jewelry.
Next we got a tour of Stanley Market where there was tons of shopping. Plus some amazing knock-offs. I found some great presents for some of the amazing peeps in my life.
After the tour, we lunched at the Royal Legend where no one spoke English other than Peggy and myself. We had BBQ pork Buns (super yummy), shrimp dumplings and some other weird gelatinous shrimp roll (not so yummy). The whole thing was a riot as we pointed and tried to sign out meal requests. The wait staff quickly became overwhelmed so they quietly ignored us for the rest of the meal.
We found taxi to take us the Royal Hong Kong police museum. We saw uniforms, a heroin lab, tiger head, and like a zillion ways to smuggle drugs. We were trying to make it to a temple for Chinese New Year so we tried to hoof it to a near by spot. We ended up walking on a ledge on the side of a giant hill when suddenly a magic taxi appeared out of the blue to take us onward – thank God he found us cause we weren’t anywhere in the right spot.
Once we made it to the temple, we found it was closed. That lead us to grab a taxi back to the hotel. We decided to try and get tickets to dinner cruise so we could see the Symphony of Lights which is a light show set to music on the side of sky scrapers in Hong Hong Harbor. At dinner we sat next to a woman named Grace and her father. She told us that the coolest place in in all of Hong Kong is Lan Kwai Fong (even for celebrities) so we all shared a taxi to Lan Kwai Gong. I was surprised to learn it is an area not one specific bar. We finally settled on a place called Zins for drinks.
My watch stayed on western standard time to stay tethered to home.
After Bellini’s, Peggy and I called it a night and went back to the hotel for bed.
Funny how the mere act of giving up your phone and tablets makes you feel truly alone. But being alone today is okay as I head to Hong Kong. I was so excited I couldn’t hold back the tears as I headed for the security line at LAX. My Aunt Mary suggested that I squeeze my butt cheeks as you can’t cry and squeeze your it cheeks. It is amazing how well that works. At some point, I decided that I didn’t care and I just let the tears flow. No one really seemed to notice and I love the peace and quiet of the international terminal at LAX. I there is a hum that reminds me of a white noise machine.
Without all of my electronic distractions, I have come to the following conclusions:
1) In my next life, I plan on coming back as an Asian lady. Each one seems so graceful and elegant gliding down the halls at LAX.
2) I want to age like an Asian. I saw 3 Asians 65-70 years old sitting criss cross apple sauce on the floor eating dinner. Once down, they seemed to float up off of the floor.
I watched 5 movies on the flight over and finished one book titled, “How the French invented love.” I thought it was an interesting look at how many of our ideas on love our culturally based. There are many stories on what is accepted in different areas of the world.
The flight was relatively uneventful and I even got free wine and food in coach. The airport was large, clean, quite, and efficient.
I got on a shuttle to Hong Kong. The bridge we crossed to get to the city looked amazing at night all lite up. My friend Peggy was waiting for me at the hotel. When I walked in, all I kept saying was I can’t believe I am finally here. We had dinner at the hotel – I had peppers and shrimp. It was pretty good!
After dinner, we went for a walk. I was amazed at the number of people and once I found it that there is something like 6,300 people per square kilometer in Hong Kong. I began to understand why the sheer volume of people amazed me. Also- How many of us think our house is to small ?? In Hong Kong the average home size is 484 square feet. That should remind us to be grateful.
Peggy and I even walked through the local grocery store and I was amazed at the produce. All kinds of stuff I had never seen or heard of. I loved all of the colors.
We decided to end the night at the Blue Lemon for a cocktail called the rainforest. Our drink was emerald colored and lovely.
Then it was off to bed we went with dreams of tommorrow dancing in our head.
I just wanted to take a moment and declare how thankful I am for my friends and family. I couldn’t ask for better parents or a better brother. They can kick you in the ass when you need it or shower you with loving kindness depending on the circumstances. My cat Anubis is my baby even though she isn’t very bright. She loves me no matter what; is there anything else you could ask for? Jenny is the best and Chris has always been there; these 2 know me better than anyone (both the old and the new). :-) My Oma is always there as a tower of strength, love and fortitude. She stands tall for me. My Aunt Mary has always provided me with a model of generosity, compassion and love that I hope to be half as good at for all of my sister, nieces and nephews. I love you Braydon, Ashton, Kennedy, McKayla, and Sabrina. I can’t wait to see you all grown-up!
I am so grateful to everyone for their patience, kindness, generosity, and love. I wish I could list you all but please know you are in my heart always and I think of you all often.
My dad and I got to listen Danu (Irish Music) for Fake Paddy’s Day (that is St Patricks Day early)! They were awesome! Spain here I come!
All my Love-Angie
To the ladies of the Vino Therapy Support Group – I believe I heard that your group occasionally does some yoga. I was wondering if I could lead your group? I would love to get some practice teaching as its been ages and then we can have some wine (I promise to even bring a good bottle). Either way thanks for letting me be a part of your group.
So this might be a weird post for me… I just filed my Federal and State Taxes and like most of us my answer is ICK! ;-) Next, I did something that I have been avoiding. I sat down to budget my next couple months and what I have tentatively planned in my head (as many who know me can imagine – there are changes to my original schedule). I think most of you can figure out what happened – I want to spend more money than my budget (not by much though – it is just closer than I would like).
Consequently, I have a call out to all of my internet friends. Does anyone have any ideas of temporary or part time work I could due to earn a little cash while hanging out in AZ or LA (as long as my Aunt Mary says I can stay) during my down time between trips? I am great with people, have excellent references and can put together a mean spread sheet. I also have my yoga 200 hour yoga teaching certificate. Let me know if anyone has any work idea’s! I am even willing to baby sit.
Still leaving for Spain on Saturday so very excited. Wish you could all come.
All my love! Angie :-)
I caught up with Karen today and I made myself laugh. We were talking and I told her “I can make it mean whatever I want.” She called paused and then repeated my own words to me. ”Wow that is pretty good,” was my response. Every so often, I do have a gem of idea. :-)
The background: In order to go to India, I have to complete a visa which requires proof of residency in the United States. Basically, the easiest way to make that happen is get an Arizona drivers license. This made me sad since I don’t want to pick where I will be in the next phase; I am trying to just let it happen.
But what I realized today is, I get to pick. I can pick that it means nothing other than I have an Arizona drivers licenses and when I do pick my future location I can get another driver’s license. Earth to Yogi – Wake up Yogi….. I can make it mean whatever I want too.