Yes, I pull these pictures from Facebook but I’m hoping to add additional detail to make for a little blog history. What’s missing before this first picture is that we had to drive to Los Angeles 3 days before the flight. This gave us some time to get our passport stuff taken care of. Not very noteworthy but the kids got a chance to swim and ironically, we ate Chinese food before our trip to Hong Kong.
Our flight left at midnight so we worked hard to transition the kids to a later sleeping schedule so they stayed up that night. On the plane, Jason slept on the ground while Kristin and Sierra shared what was left of the seats. Elena slept on my lap. We eventually switched seats and she slept 10 hours of the flight! I thought she was so good. The guy next to us got tired of her though. She stirred and bumped him about a half dozen times on the flight and they weren’t even much more than a brush. The guy needed a better perspective on a 5 yr old. Sheesh.
We arrived in Hong Kong in the early morning and went to our apartment, an AirBnB rental. It was perfect. Plenty clean and more than enough space for our family. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but Hong Kong places tend to be have just the minimum in both regards often. It had a great view and a dining table where we spent many mornings eating our treasures from the bakeries below. Jason enjoyed his Dahn-Tats and Sausage Buns. Sierra and Kristin were fans of the Pineapple Custard Buns. Sierra also enjoyed Jook (rice porridge). For Elena, she looked at the display, then looked above it and just wanted bread. Just plain bread. But to her credit, it was warm every morning just for her. Me, I’m always a fan of the Cocktail buns.
We went and travelled the city. It’s so humid and Jason would often say the “The Humanity’s killing me!” I didn’t see a need to correct him. For our American children it was a challenge to not touch everything and wander towards whatever caught their eye. For the most part, they got better by the end of the trip. But hey, here’s something they could touch!
We took a tram to the top of Victoria Peak. It was quite the crowd and man, the humanity! I think this trip, I marveled at how much of Hong Kong is still “wild”. There’s a lot of the island that is still covered with thick forest. My dad also told stories about the peak and how there a LDS missionary long ago marked the spot. Also, we taught Elena how to levitate for pictures.
I’m guessing the next picture was on the subway. If our kids didn’t stand out before, gosh . . . you think they’d never seen a pole before. Most people in Hong Kong just relax on the subway. Our kids? It was time for Pole-dancing and Musical Chairs.
If it’s not evident by Jason on the previous pic, the kids then crashed. So tired from the long day, the older two couldn’t keep their eyes open on the bus ride down from the top of the mountain. As for this one, we had to “make” her go to sleep.