Picture this. 1999. I was an old soul who’d finally made it to college, which felt like I’d hit the jackpot. Finally, I was able to study all the things (okay maybe a few) that had interested me over the years. Although my first major purchase in life was the globe I bought when I was 8-years old, my interest in Asia began in high school. There were a handful of teachers (Mr. Adams, Mr. Craig, Mr. Zipperer) who fanned the flames of my curiosity in their classes, encouraging my desire to learn more and someday travel. You can imagine how excited I was to take a class on the history of Hong Kong during my first semester which occurred only two years after its 99- year lease as a British colony had ended. It was a period where no one really knew how this change would effect the lives, economy and fabric of Hong Kong. And I enjoyed learning as much as I could about it.
Next month, I’ll visit Hong Kong after spending a few days in Japan. Thanks to my secret Santa pal on Reddit, I have a lovely guidebook to help me navigate the best neighborhoods, sites, and foodie experiences Hong Kong has to offer. After many years of waiting, I’ll finally be able to see some of the things I read about so many years ago. I’m way too excited!
Is there someplace on your wishlist that you’ve wanted to visit for a long time? Tell me all about it in the comments below!