Hey folks, today's post coming at ya from Kate Knepprath, a sophomore nursing major, and Lars Sorenson a sophomore business management major.
Awake, alert, and enthusiastic, this morning I was pumped and ready for our first critique. Our images included photos from Central Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui, and Mongkok. Both professors and my classmates had great comments and constructive criticism to share with me. One of my strongest images was of an elderly man in the middle of a crosswalk. His shocked expression paired with the gentleman on the advertisement above him made for an interesting composition. Also, the striking contrast when put in black and white gave it an almost timeless feel.
After cream puffs for breakfast from a local bakery, we all got fancy chair massages at the iSquare mall in Tsim Sha Tsui. With all of the walking we’ve been doing, they were much needed! Without an assignment, we got to spend our rainy day(s and Monday- for all you Carpenter fans out there- C&J) off further exploring Central Hong Kong. Taking the Star Ferry, my new favorite form of transportation, we made our way across the rainy harbor. Hong Kong Park was our first stop. I never would have imagined that such a lush, green garden could exist amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. I was in awe of the vibrant colors that filled koi ponds, waterfalls, and even an aviary.
Back in our own turf of Tsim Sha Tsui, we were craving some food that reminded us of home: McDonalds. Crazy efficient with some variations in the menu, a double cheeseburger and strawberry shake never tasted so good. While Kowloon has been a fantastic host, we’re on to Shanghai tomorrow! That means no communication for a couple of days, no need to worry about me mom :)
During the first week of the trip the group was based in Kowloon, Hong Kong, but adventured far from the burrow we learned to call home. When we were not walking, we were taking the MTR (Mass Transit Railway), learning the ropes of the busy city. The MTR system has over 150 stations and makes over five million trips per day, all of which are consistently 100% on time, delivering the rapidly moving locals to their final destinations on time.
Mong Kok, one of our many destinations, is a character filled environment including everything one could ever want or need. The district contains high-end designer products as well as a variety of fresh foods markets. In the fast passed city of Hong Kong and especially in the hectic district of Mong Kok, many curb side "food booths" are popular. Serving traditional snacks such as fish balls, fried bean curd (tofu) as well as dim sum.
Finally, after a unique lunch in a local market I was told by a fisherman to hold up a massive fish and tell the fairy-tale story of how I got it. At 6:00am on the morning of the 11th I put on my fisherman boots and trolled through the lobby of the YMCA. Not a soul walked the streets of a post apocalyptic Hong Kong. I made it to the harbor front and found a golden trident with the phrase "the chosen one". It was foretold in a fortune cookie that I must throw the trident into the harbor and all would be fed. That is the story of how I got this fish.
Just a head's up friends, we're flying to Shang hai today and there is a possibility of limited to no Internet access. So you might not hear from us for the next few days, or you might! Either way, you'll be updated of our journeys when we return!- C&J