17 July 2011

Greetings from Hong Kong!

I have arrived safely (with all my luggage in tact!) in Hong Kong! I got here Saturday night around 7pm local time after a long 15 hour flight from Detroit. The flight wasn’t too bad, there were lots of movie and tv choices and I even got a nap in.

Spencer collected me at the airport and has been a very gracious hostess so far. The apartment is small but can hold two people comfortably, and after we dropped off my things we went out for sushi. I was pretty tired though so when we got back I pretty much crashed.

This morning I went to the 9am service at St. John’s Cathedral (http://www.stjohnscathedral.org.hk) and it was so beautiful—and packed! Standing room only at most services, and a wonderful blend of people. They even use incense at some of the services. I am so thrilled to be a part of this community.

After the service we had coffee with a few folks in the parish hall and then Spencer and I headed up to the mission for migrant workers. She introduced me around, showed me where things are located and we spent some time chatting with some of the ladies there. Spencer treated everyone to a fabulous pizza lunch, but afterwards I was feeling pretty sleepy so I headed back to the apartment to catch a nap.

Spencer came home around 4:30 and we went down to check out the harbor. It is amazing!! What a view. We walked down the Avenue of Stars (which is a lot like Grauman’s Chinese Theater), and I got my picture taken with my hands in Jackie Chan’s handprints and beside the Bruce Lee statue. Around 8 o’clock every night they have a light show with music, and all the buildings in the harbor coordinate a big light production. I haven’t seen it yet but it is definitely on the list.

We stopped by a neighborhood restaurant for a dinner of chicken pineapple fried rice (and octopus soup!) and came back to the apartment to eat. I am catching up on emails and skyped with my parents a bit. Looking forward to a great day tomorrow!!! Hope all is well back home, please feel free to comment with any thoughts or questions!