Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hangin' in Hong Kong

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Hello!!

How are you? What's the weather like over there? Are you having a lovely day today?

We're great. After travelling for what felt like a week, we finally arrived in Israel on Sunday morning and are slowly settling in to life on the other side of the planet.

But before I fill you in on what life's like here, I want to go back to the start.

I'm breaking my no iPhone photos on the blog rule for this post, but it was so humid in Hong Kong while we were there that I was scared to take my real camera out of the room. I killed a camera with humidity once and I really can't afford to do that again. So in order to start this story at the beginning we'll do it in squares. Hopefully they'll all be rectangles from next time on.

So last Thursday afternoon after what felt like weeks and days and hours of packing and planting and cleaning and organising, we left our Daylesford Organics home and headed to the airport.

We weren't actually leaving the country for almost another day but it felt like a calmer, easier and safer departure than one at five on Friday morning, and sleeping at a hotel across the road from the terminal and the airstrip felt like a great start to our adventure to come.

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After running around like a crazy lady to get out of the house, when we arrived at the hotel and the hugeness of what we were about to do started to sink in, and I found that I couldn't sit still so I went for a run in the hotel gym.

I took that photo to send to my sister Emily who came to visit us at the hotel and wanted to know where I was, I didn't even stop running to take it. It's hard to slow down when you've been running for so long.

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But there's nothing quite like an eight hour flight to make you do just that.

From Melbourne to Hong Kong I watched Still Alice and cried my eyes out, then watched a hundred episodes of the Kardashians to take my mind off Alzheimer's, and I knitted the beginning of a pair of socks.

We spent about 24 hours in Hong Kong and during that time we looked out of our hotel room and saw the buildings in the photo above and felt so very far from Daylesford. We enjoyed listening to our girls practise the Chinese they learn at school,

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we bumped into the cutest family taking a selfie in the hotel while waiting for the lift and we joined them, we wore dresses with no leggings for the first time in months,

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we bought paper fans, iced coffees, a tiny pack of UNO and a toothbrush for Pepper,

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but not pig collagen, horse oil or my little pet wrinkle patches.

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We watched Miss Pepper get her photo taken

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and saw the cutest ice cream truck.

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And then we headed back to the airport for the next leg of our journey.

It feels slightly surreal when something you've been planning for ages finally starts, don't you think? Like one part of you is living it but another hasn't quite caught up.


I hope you're having happy adventures wherever you may be.

Write soon.

Lots of love,

Kate xoxo



34 comments:

  1. It looks like such a wonderful adventure.... Happy travels! xxx

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  2. Feliz viaje, que disfrutéis mucho de este maravilloso viaje !!!

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    1. Happy travels , you will enjoy much of this wonderful trip !!!

      Thanks so much Karmen! xx

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  3. Happy travels Kate & crew x

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    1. Yay thanks so much lovely Jane xx

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  4. Safe and Happy travels Kate and Family.
    That hotel across from Melbourne airport is awesome we have used it a couple of time now.

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    1. It is great isn't it, I think we'll be back there too. xx

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  5. I'm excited for you guys just reading this. Have fun! x

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    1. by the way..in answer to your question, its pretty cold but the sun is shining! I'm trying bare legs today too, but I don't think I'll last xx

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    2. Thanks so much Mel. And I feel a bit like you right now living next to the beach and loving it!! x

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  6. It always feels strange to me to see you guys off the farm & in another setting. I think I've told you that before....
    And it's cold here so I bet you are much happier in warmer climes xx

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    1. It always takes us ages to get used to living so close to other people but it's such fun to be in the middle of the action for a change. Love to you. xx

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  7. Cold over here in mansfield bottle feeding orphan lambs in the frost and fog some mornings. Loved taking them to school with me so my preps could share the fun. What type of needles did you take on your flight i had a friend who had her needles confiscated by airline staff once. Would love to take sewing to do on our plane ride to byron for a conference on the weekend. Seems like such a waste of time sitting may as well be making something. Travel safe and have a lovely time xo

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    1. I wonder if your preppies sand Mary had a little lamb to you? I suspect they did. I took 2mm metal needles on the plane and had no problems at all. I also took fatter 4mm metal circulars to Byron a few months back and none looked twice. Hope the conference is fun. xx

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    2. Yep i even got Mary had a little lamb in french as well. Might cut out a felt crown and try my luck embroidering then. Wish me luck. Cant wait to see your next installment.

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  8. I'm going to enjoy taking this trip with you! All the best, safe travels, enjoy every moment!

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    1. Yay, I'm so pleased you'll be coming along Stel. xx

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  9. I'm so happy you're updating us on your blog while you're away Kate!!! Three months without hearing from you would have been way too long. It will be a great way for you too to record your travels. Take care, write soon xo

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    1. Thanks Jules. I hope I can keep blogging lots while we are away, it's always so great to look back on the posts down the track. xx

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  10. Wow, what an adventure Kate. Enjoy every bit of it! x

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  11. What a great adventure! I was travelling around the world a few years ago and I still get wanderlust whenever I see pictures of trips people make. Enjoy it!

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    1. Yay thanks Emm, I'm so excited to be finally on our way. xx

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  12. You're having such an exciting time already. By the way, as far I know, you can take rectangular pictures with an iphone - change the settings.

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    1. Ahaaaaa yes I think I even know how to change that. Thanks. x

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  13. Hi Kate. I hope you soon settle into your new life. Your stopover looks amazing! I have nipped over to amazon and put still Alice on my wish list! My Grandma had dementia and my Uncle has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer. I want to understand all I can about how this will affect him. Take care and enjoy your amazing new journey :-)

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    1. Oh Sharon, that's so full on. Still Alice is amazing and also terrifying and sad and heart breaking. My Mum Vivienne Ulman wrote a book called 'Alzheimers a Love Story' that you might be interested in reading too. Sending love. xx

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  14. Looks like you embarked on another wonderful adventure! I haven't been to HongKong yet but I would love to see it one day! I am sure the humidity would kill me though...

    Enjoy your time in Israel!

    Take care
    Anne
    Crochet Between Worlds

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  15. An adventure begins. Thanks for sharing this delightful journey with us. I love the photo of you on the treadmill.

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  16. Yay! Can't wait to read more adventures!!

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  17. Happy Travels! Thanks for sharing it with us on your blog. You have some really great photos, trust you to see a Hello Kitty ice cream truck with apples all over it! :-) xxx

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