It's that time again to hit the road. Off to Hong Kong this time! It's been a few years since I was there. I'm guessing it's been about 2 and 1/2 years since my last visit. I'm kinda looking forward to the trip. I'm a bit curious to see what has changed since I was there last. Secretly wondering if some of my old haunches are still there and popular. I've spent a lot of the last year traveling back and forth to Beijing. There's a big difference between Beijing and Hong Kong. (I'll eventually get around to some Beijing blogs.)
Over the years I've had a love/hate relationship with Hong Kong. My first visit was in 1999. Just after the turnover. I remember there still being a touch of colonialism in the air. It seems to be transforming more into a Chinese province these days. On my last visit, it was my opinion that the population seemed to be swelling. I had the feeling that there were more Chinese people on the island and less foreigners compared to 1999. (Imagine that Chinese people living in China. Curious Huh???)
I've had some great times in Hong Kong and I've experienced some of the most challenging and emotionally draining days of my life there. I sometimes hear people talk about where they were and what they were doing when JFK, and RFK were assassinated. The same with Martin Luther King and the first manned landing on the moon. And more and more the subject turns to where they were and what they were doing on 9/11/2007. Those memories were permanently etched in my heart, soul, and personality as I watched the events unfold from my hotel room in Hong Kong. I will never forget the telephone call from Jim that said "turn on your television." I can't forget how I felt that night as it became clearer to me exactly what was going on. I refuse to forget how I pondered the fate of our nation, worried about my own future, and felt an unquenchable sorrow for the families who lost friends and loved ones on that tragic day. I'll cherish the friendships I cemented and the people who comforted me and were sympathetic to what I was feeling. I'll remember how I found an escape with Otto (my main man) through Moulin Rouge and Bridgette Jones's Diary. Two silly movies that provided timely comic relief.
Twin towers burning - 9/11/01
I'll close the book on those 9/11 days in Hong Kong and allow the sun to set on the memories for now. I'll eagerly and anxiously await the adventures that lie ahead.
More to come... Let the Blogs continue!
If you guessed Sunset, you're right! This is actually a sunset. Taken on the island of Kauai, Hawaii by me in 2001. Very shortly after 9/11.