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Jungle Boys’s Travel Diary

Tuesday, 11 Aug 2009

Location: Australia

MapHappy birthday to Craig, Happy birthday too Craig......

7.45am - Josh woke up at 6am and decided to go up to the lounge and do some work on his thesis while Craig slept in. It is his 30th birthday after all. Before I left I told him I would call down to reception to get them to send up a zimmer frame. I told him I would call ahead to the lounge for breakfast, to make sure they served his food in liquid form. I told him that the good news is that now people will stand up for him on public transport to offer him their seat!! haha

The weather is atrocious today. There is a thunder storm over Hong Kong. Visibility is poor. I can't even see the harbour out the window, it is pouring with rain and there is lightening and thunder. According to the weather forecast, it is supposed to rain all day with periodic thunderstorms. Not sure what our plans are for the day, but they may involve somewhere indoors, I suspect. Tonight is Craig's birthday dinner at a restaurant called Felix. It is across the harbour in Kowloon. Although you can get the Metro over, we had planned to catch the ferry Hong Kong is famous for its harbour ferries, after all. But we'll see how the weather is tonight.

Tomorrow we had planned on going to Macau, but the weather forecast is for more of the same. We might put it off until Thursday.

I'm going back down to the room now to give Craig his birthday present (a new mobile phone) and get ready for breakfast.

5pm - Sitting in the Lounge. Craig was happ with his new birthdy present - a new phone.

We had a couple of firsts today. First time catching a tram and first trip on a ferry. We decided to go see the Giant Buddha today. We walked from the hotel to the tram stop and caught the tram a few stops down, then walked down to the wharf, where we caught the ferry to Lan Tau Island (50 min trip). Josh slept most of the way. The ferry was pretty ordinary, spewing out its ugly pollution into the air as it chugged along. In fact, Victoria Harbour was full of pollution. Crap floated in the harbour - like garbage and bottles and the like. It was everywhere. Really ugly and really disappointing to see.

At Lan Tau we found the bus we needed for the next part of the trip, but as we got to the front of the line the grumpy man, who had clearly only learned 2 words of English - NO CHANGE - pointed to a shop across the road where we could get money changed so we could pay exactly the right fare to the drive. $17.20. Because everyone carries exactly $17.20 with them in case they need to catch a bus. So, we head over to the 7-eleven type store, buy a botle of water and 2 ice creams, get the corrct change for the bus. But, as we walked into the store, the driver watching us walk over the road, he started the bus and drove off as we got into the store. Such is life, I suppose. We caught the next one 20 minute later.

The giant Buddha was, well, giant. See the photos page. We wandered, ate a vegetarian lunch at the monestery up on the mountain and decided not to catch the bus back (ha! We showed Mr Grumpy!!!). Instead, we caught the cable car back down. The same cable car that crashed some years ago, killing people and closing it all down for a few years. But it was up and running agian now, so we braved it! It is 5km long and quite a view down from the mountains. In fact, it comes down from a mountain right beside Hong Kong Airport - brilliant view of planes landing and leaving.

That was our day. We caught the metro back home, had a swim in the pool and now here we are in the Lounge for afternoon tea.

11pm - Just back from Craig's birthday dinner at Felix, a swanky restaurant in Kowloon. Again, we caught the tram a few stops, walked down to the wharf and caught the ferry across to Kowloon. Took 10 mins. The rain cleared and the smog cleared and the view of the city skyline, on both sides, was amazing. We had a window table at the restaurant, looking back to Hong Kong Island. Just beautiful. Dinner was very yummy and we had a good night. We're both very sleepy!