Gooood Morning! Well, at least it is for me. I've never had such difficulty adjusting to a different time, but my sleeping schedule is still completely out of whack. I am wide awake at 4am.
Skyscrapers completely surround me, even though I'm on the 20th floor. The world's longest escalator is at our doorstep. He lives in the SoHo district of Hong Kong, in a bright pink building. Living quarters are very nice, but very tight. I got the tour by just turning around. Any type of restaurant is within just a few blocks of the apartment building. The building that Batman jumps off of in the Dark Knight is only a few minutes from his apartment too. But, anywhere we've gone in the city, you can see it. The Batman building will be my compass for the next month.
The first day and a half that I was here, a typhoon was looming, so it rained the whole time. Yesterday was beautiful though, and we had a great day exploring the city.
We checked out the botanical and zoological gardens, where we saw a lion monkey, the most endangered mammal on the planet. They are much smaller than I thought when judging from a picture that Lance had sent me; they're about the size of a cat, with long, bright orange fur. There were also these monkeys that known to sing duets with each other, and they were going crazy the entire time we were there. Pretty funny! Another noteworthy animal was a pygmy marsonet, which really looks like a mini gremlin. So tiny! His entire face would fit through one of the squares on the fence. I could fit one in the palm of my hand. I wanted to take one to carry in my purse, where he could nap and eat peanuts.
We rode the tram to Time's Square for lunch. Here, trams are very skinny and look like old railroad cars. Lance can't stand up in them because he's too tall. I, however, managed just fine, as I am the same height as the rest of the population. Billboards everywhere! It's weird to see all of the billboards and magazines with Asians on the front. Anyway, we wandered around the area to the markets. Traveling makes me want to be a vegetarian. In the fish area, they grab the fish from out of the water and put them on platters. So you're essentially watch them gasping for their last breath as they flip and struggle to stay alive. Then, we found the chicken area, where they sold chicken feet and and had broasted chickens with the heads and feet still on, and who knows what else inside. Luckily, I have not seen dog meat for sale. I think that would put me over the edge.
At night, Lance took me to the harbor to see the Hong Kong skyline all lit up. Incredible! There was a light show too. All is right on the water, and was literally a scene snatched from a postcard.