Choo Choo! 6: All Aboard

My brother/pack-mule and me in a Macanese casino elevator

My brother/pack-mule and me in a Macanese casino elevator

My adoring fans, nihao.

Mere hours remain until I board the first (technically second) of many trains that will wiggle me many miles through China, Mongolia and Russia.

I split this week between Hong Kong, Macao, Zhuhai and Beijing, frantically buying "essential" things that won't fit in my bag. 

After the fastest boat ride I've ever had the horror of experiencing, I met my brother on a sunny Friday afternoon in Macao. We caught a glimpse of the old town, beelined it to a very gold and shiny casino, downed several mojitos and merrily wobbled across the Chinese border with a confidence that only the finest rum can provide.

We spent the rest of the long weekend waltzing around my brother's home of Zhuhai. Although I could never quite "put my finger" on the city, qual time with my brother (a rare commodity) puts a big plus sign on Zhuhai.

Smash cut to me hurtling into Beijing early this morning on low sleep and high stress. Early check in at my hostel was received with a hard "no" so I set about completing the blurry list scrawled on the back of my hand:

Get $

Tea, noodles

tickets!!!!!!

In amongst playing charades for directions to the nearest bank, I managed to see a few sights I had no idea were even in Beijing lol. The first was the absurdly policed Tiananmen Square and the second was the far cooler Forbidden City, which seemed to open its gates to pretty much anyone.

And now here I am. All packed, alarm set, tensions high.

I can't f****n wait.

Xie xie

Gimme some Dim Sum

Easy peasy lemon squeezy, destination the first has been Hong Kongquered!               wow

Having had a fab first few days resettling into #backpackerlyf, I remain pretty neutral about HK. It wasn't "boring", but it was just too straightforward to elicit a reaction from ol' Daredevil Wilson-Smith over here. It was safe and organised and good-looking and was that a Marks and Spencer? lol

Though maybe this was the perfect place to get back into the "rhythm", a pleasant crossfade filled with photo opportunities as delicious as the bubble tea. So, without further adoodoo, here are all my favourite things I saw in Hong Kong (phooey). Make sure to click on the pictures to see them xxxtra big!

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Choo Choo! 5: A Good Day to Die Hard

My dear clownspeople, I have safely landed into a very rainy Hong Kong (phooey)!

My last few days in Australia were sunny and smooth and shiny, spent working in my lovely job and smiling with my beautiful and topnotch family. Billy and Maggie were also kind enough to lend me their faces during golden hour and I don't think I'll ever get over some of the photos I took, heartbreakers. 

I'm so happy I gave Australia another go. I was worried that I might regret "impulsive bailing" from the British winter, but I think I used my time constructively considering it's basically a holiday country, so pat on the back for me lol.

So Hong Kong is my first stop, I'm here for 3 nights before I meet my brother on Friday. I honestly didn't give this city enough thought to even build up any expectations. I suppose the only other East Asian city I've been to is Hanoi and HKG seems far, far less chaotic, which is a massive relief :)

I'm a sucker for grimy urban architecture, and I instantly noticed how delightfully run down most of the buildings are here. Combined with some fab neon signs and gloomy weather, Hong Kong has already had me running around the centre in the pouring rain. #worthit

I'm excited to discover more of the city over the next couple days. I will share most of my Hong Kong photos when I leave, so keep an eye out!

xx