A traveller without observation …

… is like a bird without wings.” Moslih Eddin Saadi

Someone quoted Saadi the other day by replacing observation with knowledge but I prefer the original saying. Today e.g. I learned something about storms…

After a very long and good night’s sleep and a big breakfast I was ready to explore more of Hong Kong. But with three blisters unfortunately I wasn’t as light footed as normal. So I decided to take the ferry to Cheung Chau, a little island southwest of the city. Leaving the hotel my sun glasses steamed up immediately and I started sweating again. At least I had a proper haircut before I left. On the boat I was one of a few non Asians and glad for not being tall and blond and therefore sticking out of the crowd even more. After the one hour long journey I headed to the beaches in the east of the island, which btw have shark nets. The family of Olympic gold medalist Lee Lai-Shan (I’ve never heard of before) operates a windsurfing centre and cafe there. From the cafe’s terrace a guy asked me if I had heard about the typhoon warning and advised me not to stay until the evening if I needed to get back to Hong Kong. After I received a text message from the airline I’m supposed to fly to Perth with tomorrow, I decided to speed up and managed to see some of the island’s temples and the harbour within two hours. From time to time it started raining a bit, apart from that everything was fine. Back at Hong Kong harbour I immediately got on the star ferry which took me to Tsim Sha Tsui within five minutes. I just about managed to take a picture of the clock tower, which used to mark the end of the Orient Express, when it started to rain heavily. Well equipped with my waterproof it didn’t bother me too much apart from getting worried about my flight tomorrow thinking this was the beginning of the predicted storm. But it stopped soon enough and I carried on exploring Kowloon Park, where I took a picture of a bird with its prey in its beak. Thanks to my good camera you can see the poor little frog.

Afterwards I went to the garden of stars to have a look at the statue of Bruce Lee. Back in my part of town I went to another recommended Chinese restaurant and enjoyed delicious shrimps with water spinach, carrots and mushrooms. Back at the hotel I received another text from my airline, telling me my flight would be delayed by three hours. I changed my shuttle service to the airport and informed the hostel in Perth of my late arrival tomorrow night or rather on Thursday morning.