Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Hangin' in Hong Kong
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.
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.
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,
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,
we bought paper fans, iced coffees, a tiny pack of UNO and a toothbrush for Pepper,
but not pig collagen, horse oil or my little pet wrinkle patches.
We watched Miss Pepper get her photo taken
and saw the cutest ice cream truck.
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.
Lots of love,