Finding happiness in Hong Kong

First of all, I must apologize for no photos this time. I’m having a fun time trying to get bits and pieces of information out through the Great Firewall and an internet connection which detests my computer (or maybe just me).

I returned to the north of China Monday morning and I’m still thinking about my time in Hong Kong. I spent one week there and loved it. I finally found the state of mind I’ve been searching for in every place on my trip so far: the one where I feel like I am exactly where I belong. I’ve felt snatches of it on this trip, but so far, this trip has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I won’t lie, I’ve struggled a lot to figure out what exactly I’m looking for, and just what I’m doing, on the other side of the planet from everything I’ve ever known.

What is this state of mind? To me, it’s what “being on the road” feels like. It’s hot and sticky days wandering through back alleyways in southern Spain, it’s misty and foggy bike rides on ancient islands in Ireland, it’s laughing with friends and discovering the Cathedral of Junk in Austin, it’s stepping onto the Great Wall for the first time, it’s playing chess at midnight on a train in Russia, it’s hiking through the hills of Scotland and Mississippi.

It is also, to my surprise, sleeping in a dusty warehouse in Hong Kong until late in the day, and drinking milk tea with yum cha at every possible moment, and dancing with other foreigners and locals in the streets in the wee hours of the morning. It is making new friends at The Tower. It is the quest to find cheese and Belgian beer. It is public libraries that have English books. It is egg tarts over a menu written solely in Portuguese. It is all this and more.

It’s me finally settling into the travelling mindset again. It is also now the longest I’ve ever spent outside of the US. It’s the adventure I worked so hard for and dreamed about constantly. In some ways, it feels like wandering into the wardrobe of Narnia…a waking dream that I’ve lived for years and years.

Have you ever had an unexpected change in your itinerary and ended up loving it?

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2 responses to “Finding happiness in Hong Kong

  1. Mary!!!! I love this!!! This is inspiration to those who choose to be so inspired. I am so glad to have met you in those silly art/design classes years ago. I absolutely LOVE the traveler’s mindset, and I know just the thing when you finally, FINALLY find what you’ve been searching for. I’m jealous of your being there!!! Can’t wait to get back there again – where you’re just a wanderer finding your place. LOVE it! LOVE you!!!!

    • Hey Jessica, thanks for such a kind and thoughtful comment. :) Even though we haven’t seen each other in ages, I feel really glad to have met you as well! Hahaha, those silly classes indeed. I don’t even know if I want to do design anymore, so that’s part of why I decided to go wander Asia for several months with no return date or ticket back to the States. I’m glad I’ve found moments and sometimes whole days or weeks of those perfect places of happiness on this trip. I hope you can get back to wandering soon, too.

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