I just want to live somewhere where it’s like, you don’t have to worry about the mortgage and what to wear to the club and stuff, it’s like all those people can do is think about where the insurgents are lately and what to eat. That kind of life is so much simpler. Kel Campbell
Sights and Sounds of London Town
The 4th Estate: Ugandan headlines
…aka “No homo!”
Day 15 & 16 (Hong Kong)
We were pretty tired when we arrived, having left Shanghai early in the morning, and not getting much sleep. Perhaps sensing this, our guide walked us all the way to check-in. They certainly make sure you get where you’re going…
Last time I was in Hong Kong, the airport was in the middle of the city, and you could look into people’s apartments when you landed. With the aiport having been moved, it’s less nerve-wracking, but far less exciting. Still, we found the hotel easily enough. It was raining when we arrived, a steady drizzle that blurred out the passing skyline, but it didn’t last long.
Day 14 (Shanghai)
Walked around on our own. No guide, thankfully.
Found the Propaganda Poster museum. Great stuff. Strange location.
Found American bar, watched A’s vs Yankees. Strange, as we were both wearing respective caps.
Walked around. Pizza again. Lots of offers for hookers.
Early night in, then hoped to get some sleep.
Day 12 (Shanghai)
Arrived early. Stig in foul mood due to roomies shifting around through night.
Guide meets us. Took us to hotel. Asked if we want to relax, we said yes. OK, we’d get one hour.
After leaving the hotel, we hit traffic instantly. It was overcast, and you couldn’t even see where the sun was. An eclipse was about to occur as well, and all of a sudden, it was darker, the darker still, and then night fell on the city for a few minutes. It was very strange, the first total eclipse of the sun that I’ve ever experienced. The Danes we met on the train to Xian were Shanghai bound for that event specifically. They even showed us the custom glasses they were going to use.
Anyway, the heavens opened. We dropped walking around the Bund, and headed to the East side of the river instead, with the TV tower and fancy new buildings. The view was great and we managed to beat the worst of the queue. Shanghai looks like something out of a science fiction movie.