Thursday, March 25th my husband and I arrived in Macau, China where we were met by our soon to be good friend Britney and her daughter. They met us at the airport thanks to a prearranged meeting by our mutual friend Shaunessy. Britney and Shaunessey are both expats living in the same complex in Macau. Britney is a trainer and her husband is a professional high diver. Shaunessy has been a friend of my husband's since they were in grade school. I'm the lucky lady who married someone with a friend in China. :)
From the airport, Britney led us to the Venetian (as in the casino) where we met with Shaunessy at a restaurant called "McSorley's". A place where Mexican food is served on Thursdays, which is hard to come by in Macau making it a favorite amongst our American friends. It was quite the Western beginning to our exotic Asian vacation.
After lunch, we parted ways and went to Shaunessy's apartment for some r&r. Later that evening, our group met up again to take a evening hike. We were promised a temple and night views of the city, which sounded good until we started walking. Let me tell you, a hike up a steep hill after 20+ hours of travel by plane, is DIFFICULT. We made it to the top of the hill, however, and I have to admit it was pretty rewarding. The views were great and I got to see a pack of stray dogs! Its funny how something so mundane can be so interesting when you don't experience it regularly in your own life.
Friday, March 26th my husband and I awake very early to catch a ferry to Hong Kong for a photography session we had that morning. You can read more about this in a separate post, which I will have a link to... soon.
Cut to Friday afternoon. We are on the outskirts of Hong Kong in an area called Sandy Bay. It is much less condensed than downtown. There you're reminded Hong Kong has a tropical climate thanks to the abundance of greenery and the sound of the water close by. My husband and I are on a bus in Hong Kong. We just wrapped an incredible photography session and were feeling elated, hungry, delirious and unsure of exactly where we were headed. Our friend Dena, from the photography shoot paid our fare and put us on the bus. She gave us suggestions of places to go, but due to the emotions stated above, we were very confused and did not follow everything she said. All we knew was if we got to Kennedy Town we could make it back to the ferry. So we hop off the bus and find ourselves surrounded by multitudes of skyscrapers. It felt like being back in the Grand Canyon.