- There is no structure what so ever as to how people move along sidewalks or underground walkways. Instead of all keeping to the right, the movements are completely random. A very interesting experience was today when, in an underground walkway, traffic shifted from left-hand to right-hand mid-tunnel.
- People are not walking, they are ambling along. Normally, there is a direct correlation between a city's size and how fast people are walking. This city is about seven times bigger than Stockholm, but the speed of walking is like in Skellefteå, population 32 000, on sunny Sunday afternoon.
- Beards are strange. At least full beards like Mats'. Children either look scared or point at it. Grown ups tend to look, but not more. Except a few, like the waiter that wished us Merry Christmas, or the cashier at the bread shop who could hardly contain herself from all the giggling.
We had an assortment of dishes, the killer dish was woked chicken with peanuts and asparagus. Spicy, but not fiery, with Sichuan pepper, contrasted by a hint of cardamom. We will be back for more shortly!
Today we are going back to Central to look at an apartment. It may be our next home.
|A small part of the Mid-Levels Escalator
So we went to Central, up the Mid-Levels Escalator to a couple of addresses. It was an interesting experience when we had passed through SoHo (South of Hollywood, a bar and restaurant area halfway up the escalator): Everything got calm! It even got cooler! We will try to get something on Robinson Rd or Mosque St. Maybe.
We also made a quick visit at the office. Looking forward to working there!
Mats is making himself known: People stop and laugh, pointing at the beard. Or, as a waiter did, wishes us a Merry Christmas!
- Getting a decent breakfastf. (failed: Mats was starving and the Banh Mi placed we read about had closed, ended up at Starbucks)
- Getting a look around the neighborhood
- Taking a nap
- Getting stuff for our new home, e.g. a proper kitchen knife
|Main part of our abode. Behind the wall is just room enough for the bed.
|Our local supermarket, pretty upscale and not cheap.
After a completely uneventful flight, we are finally in Hong Kong.
Lovely Aily met us at the airport, with Erik and both daughters and gave us a silvery spoon to symbolize our birth as Hong Kong residents.
A long cab ride later, we are settled in our home for the coming month. It is a very long time since we lived in such a tight quarters.
Now it is time to get some food.
At last we're on our way!
I miscalculated the amount of baggage grossly, even with the brand new suitecase, I needed two extra bags. All in all almost 100 kg. Well below our allowance, but still impressive. Or scaring.
Now we are in the Aurora lounge at Arlanda. Nice selection of beers: Melleruds Pilsner and Sleepy Bulldog, both on tap.
Packing is close to frantic, but under absolute control, or so we think/hope.
Today we got information about where we will be staying the first month: Shama Serviced Apartments in Causeway Bay. It is not exactly where we wanted to stay, but due to a misunderstanding between us and the Hong Kong office, nothing had been arranged for us. This was discovered last night, and with only one day to make arrangements, we had to make do with whatever was available at this short notice.
|This is the place: Shama Causeway Bay (map)
The floor plan is to the right.
It is on the small side, just ~50 m².
Hong Kong - Fragrant Harbor
More on what and where to eat in out blog Eating in Hong Kong.
Only one thing that isn't quite ready yet: The visa. Sure, we can enter Hong Kong and stay there for three months without a visa, but we cannot be employed without the visa. I am not the worrying kind, but I really would like to have the visa soon...
We know there are a lot of very nice and socially competent people at the Hong Kong office, too, but even so we will miss our Stockholm friends and colleagues.
They had better arrange a dev fest in Honkers this winter!
Still haven't started packing. The infrastructure is ready to switch off and pack, and that is the main thing. We must have everything up and running and be connected first thing we arrive! Priorities are important!
To make things easier(?) we decided to apply for only one visa and for no reason at all, I am the applicant. Yvonne is a "dependent" on my application. There is essentially no difference if one of us is a "dependent" or if we have separate visas, the "dependent" is allowed to work, too.
But it is I who must prove my academic merits. And I have no such proofs, never had. I have never been asked to present any proofs before.
So I mailed the Archives Department at Stockholm University and requested transcripts. Don't know how long it will take. Probably quite a while.
Until the proofs have been presented, the visa application is in hiatus.
Luckily, we have the fantastic Joanne at the Hong Kong office helping us with the visas. She will also set us up with someplace to live the first month.
The Internet is invaluable, too. We can sit at home, browsing the markets, looking for deals, making lists of which banks look good and so on.