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30 Days

I left Hong Kong exactly a month ago today, and let me tell ya, it’s been non-stop ever since I landed in Dallas. I know, I know, I need to be more consistent with this whole blogging thing… all I can say is that I’m trying.

Here’s a recap.

>  Dallas to Birmingham to Auburn to the beach to Macon for a night to Atlanta to Clemson SC and now, I’m typing away in my humble Macon, Ga abode. (I’ve never spelled that word out before, interesting… surprised I spelled it correctly the first time).

Ah, yes, it’s been oh so nice catching up with family and friends over coffee and meals.   “How has the states been so far?”  “How is HK?”  These are the questions I’ve most frequently been asked recently.  The short answers to both?  “Great,” I usually tell folks, which is true in every sense of the word.  I have missed the fast-paced HK lifestyle, my team and friends, that’s for sure. But I am here in the states, so I’ve been focusing my energy here. It’s funny, I’ve experience tremendously amounts of sensory overload.  I find myself sitting down to lunch with friends, but being sucked into another table’s conversation… I can UNDERSTAND them!  Thankfully I can multitask and block out distractions.  It’s been comical to say the least.

Has it been weird driving again? Yes, but only for the first 5 minutes of being buckled in.

What’s the first thing you ate stateside? I think it was a Dallas Asian fusion favorite with Mary… Pei Wei. Asian food, funny right?  Believe me, if you’re in the Dallas area, you definitely want to eat there. It’s cheap, fast and incredible.

What do you miss about HK? The MTR (it’s nice not having to drive.  Not so nice having to do it with 3 million other people on avg each day.), my team and my friends.

Any other stateside observations? Of course.  I’ve had to remind myself to be nice/warm to people in public.  No, HK isn’t full of mean people… maybe busy is the better adjective.  Of course there is a bit of a language barrier at times.  It’s not uncommon for me to travel around HK and not speak to anyone the entire time I’m out. People actually APPRECIATE (vocally) having a door held open for them here! Crazy.  Cabs seem so unnecessary here (unless you’re a NY reader), but I don’t think twice about it in HK.  $100 doesn’t seem like a lot of money to me (at first glance) here.  I can get through a Subway sandwich line in HK in under 4 mins, here, closer to 10 mins.

How’s that language learning going? Um, I can say a few words in Cantonese?  No, really, it’s been sad that I’ve not picked it up quicker.  I’m certain this would be a different story had I moved somewhere in Mainland China. For a foreign speaker there, it’s necessary for survival, in HK it’s more of a nice gesture and perhaps a convenience.

I fly out May 31 and arrive in HK on June 1.  I’d love to see you if our time allows.

One Comment

  1. Posted June 2, 2010 at 10:32 am | #

    yea for new posts!!! SO thankful I had some time with you this past month. Love you and miss you already! FYI—Ella went on the potty ALL day today—pretty exciting! xo xo

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