Hong Kong, China
A quick update from HK airport. This airport is so bloody big we had to catch a train to our gate! Anyway, I can forgive that ‘cos I have wireless access for free.
Been a bit calmer today, or a least this morning. Had a walk round near the hotel, checking out the jade market and the odd temple (more smoke). Had to forcibly drag Wendy away from the jade market – too many tempting things at tempting prices – about 1/10th of the jewellery workshop yesterday. Hotel check out was 12pm, so decided to go to the airport straight away regardless even though the flight isn’t until 5pm. There’s only a limited number of things you can do with a couple of hours and enough baggage in tow to fill a lorry. Plan A was to taxi to the Kowloon MTR station and then catch the Airport Express, but the taxi drive was not having any of that. After a brief discussion of his ‘special rate’ he did the trip for about 40p less that the train (inc. tip) I mean we’re quibbling over 40p here I thought – it’s not worth unloading the bags, buying a ticket and then wheeling them on to the station. Also we got to pass over the top deck of the Lantau Island bridge (train goes through a box underneath). Pretty spectacular views. The downside was we got to the airport at least 30 mins earlier, and given the Kiwi laid-back attitude about everything not rugby, it was another hour before they opened the check-in.
Anyway, we are here and I am sat looking at the plane. Hopefully they’ll let us board in the next 20 mins or so. More ‘Skippy’ cornflakes for breakfast tomorrow I guess (I thought Skippy was Australian, but they y’go). Catch you later.