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In Hong Kong for the week

After having lived outside my home country for almost 3 years, I can tell you that working abroad will always bring exciting experiences, reveal cultural challenges and —even though the rent, dishes and laundry— feel like a holiday. However, a foreigner has to comply to some basic rules. Most critical must be maintaining the proper visa for your stay, in my case a valid working visa, an administrative burden had to be completed outside South-Korea. This incentive made me come to Hong Kong for the week, combining the visa, business, meetups with friends and sightseeing in one trip.

I’m staying on the Island side of Hong Kong. My metro stop is called “Fortress Hill”. As Alice puts it: Hong Kong is a maze where you never get lost. You get dizzy from the skyscrapers, but if you let yourself lead though the well designed malls, beautiful parks and street bridges you will automatically walk to tram or metro stops. You never get lost here. It’s much smaller then Seoul, but they tend to build up so it’s still pretty crowded over here.

While Hong Kong is an exciting part of Asia, it’s quite different then what I experienced in mainland China, Japan or Korea. You can go to the spa and eat Cantonese Pigeon for dinner, and go to the Irish pub on the same evening, there is a French bakery on the street corner at the same time. What an exciting mix of different cultures!

I ran into a friend from Sweden the first day I was here, while she was under her way to the airport. She knew that I was in the city and was looking out for me, as she put it on her blog: “I knew Joop was in the city and he looked quite like him but i hadn’t seen him since Sweden so i asked: “Joop??” And it was Joop, so Hongkong is a small city after all haha! We had a drink with him and then we took off to catch our next flight.” What a small world!



Nathan road, Kowloon

Hong Kong’s Nathan Road got its moniker because of the plethora of neon signs that line the street. The area in central Nathan Road can be somewhat sleazy. I snapped this picture while crossing the road. I get drawn to Neon. It really appeals to me!

Look Right

Cars in Hong Kong drive on the left side of the road just like in Britain and Japan. I have to be careful, at every crossroad I look to the right but I cannot help looking to the trusty old left side as well for no apparent reason.

Construction workers in Hong Kong

Accidents on construction sites are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in Hong Kong. Working at the great heights increases the chance of severe injury. But the bamboo scaffolds (!) aren’t helping either. Take a lesson from me kids, if your boss wants you to climb the bamboo, your helmet isn’t going to help you.