We’ve been waiting for our sisters to visit us for almost as long as we’ve been here, and last week we finally welcomed Cait!! She arrived in one piece and ready for a full week of life in Hong Kong.
We got to show her some of our favorite spots in the city, including (but not limited to) the Chi Lin Nunnery and its gardens, and the flower market in Prince Edward, where we also ran across a street vendor selling roasted nuts and ‘thousand year old eggs.’
I read about these eggs before coming to Hong Kong (prompting me to fill one of our eight suitcases with shelf stable American foods) and didn’t know if I’d get the chance to try one….
“Made from duck or quail eggs, the eggs are buried in clay, sand and salt mixture for a couple of months, melting their insides to jelly. The shell of the egg turns a browny black, but it’s the inside where the real surprise awaits. The yolk turns a dark green and boasts a powerful smell of, well, eggs that have sat around for a couple months.”
I wimped out. But so did Cait! Can you blame us…(PS – The excerpt under the pic was taken from the Top 10 Weirdest Foods in Hong Kong website. Yea, there are at LEAST nine other foods that are equally as weird.) Anyway, back to our list of destinations. The Peak was a must…
As were the lights of Kowloon and the Night Market to do some haggling. Jake was all about checking out the latest local fashion. You know your clothing options are limited when the prospect of shopping here evokes such excitement. Debated on the eating the local food by the Night Market, but alas, we weren’t really in the mood for chicken feet.
Took the trolley into Central.
With the weekend came the challenge of the trip – climbing to Lantau Peak and back down to see the Buddha. Jake and I knew what to expect but Cait was in for a treat…
It was really foggy going up…. and there was not a soul on the trail other than us and this large Beast… making for a very creepy climb. But we made it!!
Go Cait!!! (You can see our final destination in the right half of the pic – the Buddha, monastery and Ngong Ping Village.) Looks pretty far away, right?!
Downward we went. Best part – the sky opened up, sun came out and by the time we reached the bottom the weather was optimal for tanning. And since the Fullers certainly don’t give up the chance to sun worship, we took full advantage
Litter of puppies we found near the monastery. Still puzzled how they look so different.
Next up… said goodbye to Hong Kong Island and headed out on the ferry to Lamma. We spent the last day there and it was the perfect close to the trip.
We anded on the far side of the island, passed up the seafood options and began our walk to the village for dinner. Not before taking a break from the heat on the beach. (Just an excuse for a drink.)
Does this guy look familiar? When I came to Lamma for the first time, I was introduced to a pup whose owner has a shop on the island. This pooch spends his time modeling for the handmade postcards that his owner sells inside.
Our last night, our last picture. Definitely a keeper. See you soon Cait!