After a quick fix of caffeine and WiFi (plus a chance to rest our feet) at my uncle’s place in Sheung Wan, we were back out on the street. It was Sunday, so my uncle took us down to a weekly market that closes some streets in the area. There were some performances on a stage and a lot of ladies lining up for some freebies at one tent.
A February afternoon of rare snowfall, albeit wet, mixed snow-rain, in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood.
I was in Hong Kong over the holidays for a wedding. Thankfully, my sister and I managed to find some time to do somewhat touristy things. With all the large meals we were subjected to, it was actually very nice and refreshing to actually get out and walk for long distances about town. This is what we did in the small streets of Central in Hong Kong. Our uncle played neighbourhood guide for us for this walk.
One of my days in Hong Kong, my family and I ventured down to Harbour City on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong. The entrance is right by the Star Ferry pier on the Kowloon side. It’s a large complex that comprises of a cruise ship terminal and shopping. This is Hong Kong after all. There’s shopping almost everywhere you go. So if you are a classic mall rat and love to gawk at commercialism at its pinnacle, then Harbour City is not a bad place for you to start.
I’m finally back on the blogging ball after a hiatus. As you I mentioned before, I was going to be spending my Christmas in Hong Kong. More accurately, I spent my Christmas Day literally with Air Canada in the air on my way to Hong Kong. I didn’t actually arrive in the territory until the evening of Boxing Day. Christmas may have passed, but there was still plenty of joy around the city.
On my last trip to Toronto, I actually could see part of the construction of the new express train station at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. It’s due to open in Spring of 2015 in time for the Pan-Am Games. It looks pretty exciting to me. 25 minutes to downtown Toronto would be way better than the current 60 minute ride by the Airport Shuttle Bus. Add that to my transit checklist. Here are some pictures/renderings from the Union Pearson Express site.
For my last night in Toronto, I stayed at Planet Traveler hostel. It’s on College Street near Augusta Avenue and just at the edge of the Kensington Market. I do recommend staying here. The shared accommodation is cheap, clean and comfortable. It has the 3 C’s of hostelling that are hard to come by. It has free WiFi and free breakfast. Hard to go wrong with free breakfast. I just needed the one night, so I only got to know my roommates for a short while.
I’m hoping that as you read this that I am here enjoying one of the world’s best New Year’s Countdown. Any guesses?
With all the crowds, I doubt I’ll find a spot to take some nice fireworks photos with my DSLR, but I hope to get something with my camera phone. We’ll see how things shake down.
Happy New Year! Happy 2014!
After my visit to the AGO, I had to make my way to the hostel that I booked for my last night in Toronto. I wanted to spend an extra night in Toronto to just see a little bit more. The hostel was all the way on College and Augusta. I had to make my way from Dundas and Beverley to get there.