A loooooooong flight and the first day of Hong Kong
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
We made it! After travelling most of the night before Tuesday, we came to Moscow Airport, and unlike some poor soul from Syria we had no cause to worry at the passport checkpoint (He did get through though!). We walked around a bit considering what to do, and before long decided to try to sleep on a carpeted area we noticed a couple groups of people sleeping on as we got in. It was horrible, since neither of us had any sleeping bags in our carry-ons, and we didn't dress too well for the flight, it was a bit too cold to sleep comfortably on the hard floor, so we both woke up several times and there is no way of knowing how much sleep we ended up having had, but certainly not enough. Then we spent the rest of the day writing our exam papers at a Burger King (More like procrastinated from our exam papers, really), until we made our way to the next flight in the evening, on which we continued having trouble to sleep, and instead mostly watched some of the inflight movies.
The next day in the morning we arrived in Hong Kong with no problems, found our crappy little hotel with light effort, and shortly after I opposed my exhaustion and went out to explore a bit. It's hot! Really hot! The sun did not show all day, and it didn't need to, because it is already impossible for me to spend much time in anything more than a t-shirt and shorts walking around, even when it is raining. When you go into the airconditioned shops and malls you quickly forget how hot it is outside, subconsciously expecting it to be cold when walking out, only to be reminded by the wave of heat that strikes you as you step out of the doorframe, which feels quite similar to when you walk up right next to a big bonfire on a summer evening back in Denmark. During the day we quickly found the greatest nuisance to be a whole lot of Indian guys scattered strategically around the city to bother anyone resembling a tourist with their offers of tailored suits, fake rolex watches, "hash? hashish?" and probably a bunch of other stuff, but I stopped paying attention to their existence right about when the fifth one tried to approach me, or in other words: A couple of minutes after exiting the hotel for the first time! Later in the day I also had someone dressed as a monk approach me, standing in my path and extending his hand at me. After being continually bothered by all the Indian guys my first notion was that this was a similar attempt at shaking me for money, so I impolitely ignored his attempt at shaking my hand, making my way around him as he moved his hand from the extended position and proceeded to pat my shoulder as I walked by. This event bothered me for much of the day due to not knowing if he really was just another person that are simply desperate for making money somehow, so a quick google-search on "monks in Hong Kong" reassured me that my first notion was correct: Just a faker dressed in monk's robes, sometimes begging and sometimes giving fake blessings and figurines and demanding money.
We had no plans whatsoever, and just went whereever seemed natural at the time, and were quite lucky to discover a small free concert in the Hong Kong Concert Centre as we were walking along the Avenue of Stars at the southernmost point of Kowloon, as the mainland part of the Hong Kong is called. Then right next to it we found the Space Museum, which had a free exhibition with various things to see, presented in various different ways, often engaging the viewer, sometimes even in the form of games, such as one where one lies down in a machine with handles, that you have to move in order to control what seemed to be a paraglider in the Rocky Mountains, where the player would have his own screen right in front of his eyes, and a big screen on the wall showed how well he did. Not too well, I can tell you, I suppose it is much harder than it looks. Another game that looked very interesting, but was only available at certain times of the day, where the user is strapped into a seat, where one somehow experiences how to control an airpressure-powered jetpack in space. There was also a part where a viewer could enter a chamber where he would be strapped onto a device above him, that would pull in a way so that he should experience a gravity similar to that of the moon. Unfortunately I appear to be both too fat and tall for that one, as one had to be below 1.8 meters tall and weigh less than 80 kg ;) When we exited the museum we discovered that it had gotten really dark, so the city skyline of Hong Kong island across the water from Kowloon was lit up, so we decided to take another walk along the Avenue of Stars, coincidentally happening upon a big crowd waiting for the music and light show of Hong Kong called A Symphony of Lights only a few minutes before starting! After a looong day, after barely having slept for two days already, we went to eat a great Chinese meal in some restaurant of the mall across from our hotel, and then we went straight home to sleep. (After a bit of procrastination of course, can't just start writing exams you know! That would be weird!)