The travel to Hong Kong started very well indeed, with the Shuttle van exactly on time and a good trip to the airport. Wandering inside the terminal I was surprised to see a line of people at the Cathay Pacific check-in with the queue snaking out towards the door. Fortunately I had completed an online check-in and had my boarding pass, so after checking with the attendant, I was sent over to business class to complete the check-in process.
I was feeling very complacent as I wandered in to the boarding area. As a new Marco Polo customer I was able to go through without queuing up with people that don’t know how to queue… After I had gone through the boarding rigmarole, I was halfway down the corridor to the plane when I was called back – along with everybody else that had come through. They had to pause boarding and then shortly after had to DE-board us, as there was a technical problem on the plane and they had to wait for the OK from Hong Kong before they could start the repairs.
So I retreated to the One World Lounge – which I had not had time to investigate earlier. It is very civilised in there. There is free food and drink – water, tea, coffee, juice, alcohol etc, the seats are comfortable. It is (mostly) peaceful. At the end of our first hour of waiting – juice and a chocolate cookie, the attendant came to give us the news of our plane just before it was announced, so we tucked into more of a meal this time – with a nice glass of wine. We were also warned just before the announcement came over the system that boarding was about to begin. So I walked along again to the boarding counter and wandered on to the plane for the journey here.
I have stopped feeling guilty now when I receive my meal early (because I ask for a low-fat meal when I make the reservation). A nice glass of wine and a film later, I was ready to sleep – which I managed to do in small doses for much of the journey. Towards the end of the journey, I found some Bach and Mozart to play on the audio system and arrived feeling relatively fresh – given that we arrived at 11:00pm (the equivalent of NZ 4:00am the next morning). A quick trip by airport express and taxi to the hotel, so I was able to arrive and fall onto bed before 1:00. Not too bad!
Next morning I woke to the view above out my hotel window. A clear day in Hong Kong LOL – still a temperature of 27 though. The weekend was spent in a relatively small area of Causeway Bay – lots of shops of course and interesting food – and walking around Victoria Park. The bushes in the photo below are actually sitting in pots – I found it quite extraordinary that there was a lot of mass “planting” with the plants sitting in pots, but “landscaped” above ground. Lots of people were using the park, with children’s activities and an exercise group.
Here also is a Church which I noticed from my breakfast restaurant. really interesting to see a Christian church which still likes like a temple from another religious denomination.
So if you are reading this, welcome to my traveller’s tales. I hope to see you again soon! 🙂