I was holding off with this Hong Kong post because it was my last trip of the past summer. I suppose it's about time to let go of the summer memories and to really start embracing fall and winter.
This was my second time in Hong Kong, so I wasn't spending time checking off a bucket list of touristy things, but instead spent time meeting old friends, shopping, and trying to brush up on my rusty Mandarin. (I know they speak Canto, but sometimes the market owners will be nicer to you and be more willing to negotiate if you speak Mandarin over English, since I don't know an ounce of Cantonese.)
When Mattia and I returned from Malaysia and Thailand, we immediately had beach withdrawals and headed straight to Shek-O Beach. Doesn't it remind you of some Nintendo Super Mario level backdrop?
I could see myself really, really happy in Hong Kong. Actually, throw me in any place with a good beach culture and I'd fit right in. After living in New York for the past 1.5 years, it was impossible not to compare the two metropolitan cities. They have obvious commonalities: diversity, great food, nightlife, great subway systems, English. But if you consider the Hong Kong beaches and warm weather, I might actually enjoy HK more than NYC!
Maybe I'll be lucky enough to live there someday.