April 9th Hong Kong, China

by - April 09, 2019

We had a very restless night of sleep.  I assume our bodies are adjusting to the 13 hour time difference.  We woke up at 6 AM and decided to get going for the day.  We walked to Tsui Wah for breakfast.  We both had the satay beef, which was basically beef ramen.  It came with toast and scrambled eggs.  Bart ordered the milk tea and I had the coffee.  It was a pretty great breakfast minus the eggs, which were too slimy.  Then we walked around Kowloon park.  It was by far the best city park we have been to.  We enjoyed watching the locals work out because they have very different workout routines than Americans.  We saw multiple people walking backwards, doing strange arm workouts while walking, meditating, and dancing.  The park had a bird aviary, duck pond, flamingo pond, multiple swimming pools, tennis courts, badminton courts, kids play area, and huge gardens.  Then we walked to the waterfront where we saw some amazing views of the city overlooking Kowloon Bay.  After that we made our way to the Temple street area.  We stopped at various different stores and were very entertained by all the new items.  We tried Hong Kong's famous egg tarts.  We decided to go to Tim Ho Wan for lunch.  We bought an octopus card and jumped on the train.  Tim Ho Wan is one of the cheapest places to eat in the world that has received a Michelin rating.  We ordered baked buns with BBQ pork, vermicelli roll with pork, and steamed pork and shrimp dumplings.  We were underwhelmed, but happy to have tried a few different items.  We took the train back to the hostel to rest our tired feet from the many miles we put on.  After a 3 hour nap we headed to the Tim Sha Tsui neighborhood to watch the light show over Hong Kong Island.  The cityscape was pretty impressive.  Then we walked to the Temple Street Market.  We stopped at Mammy Pancake to try the well known egg waffle.  It was really good.  We walked through the market and then ate at a busy restaurant next to the market.  We tried the curry fish balls, vermicelli noodles with green onion, white onion, and sprouts, and their famous spicy crab.  We also enjoyed a couple of beers.  We made small talk with a nice family next to us from Mongolia.  Then we walked back to the hostel for the night.  We are overall enjoying the city.  Everyone has been so nice and the food has been delicious.  The only downfalls are the small bed, small blanket, and small steps.

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