Leaving the UK wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be – apart from the bit at the airport, saying goodbye. As we took off there was definitely a deep breath though.
Once I got to Hong Kong, immigration was relatively quick and easy. I had a map printed off and I got a hotel to Mong Kok (in Kowloon). It was only a short walk (5 minutes) so it wasn’t too bad. Taxi was the other option but more expensive (but still cheaper than UK taxis).
I arrived on New Years eve and wasn’t starting work until Monday 3rd January – although this meant a lonely New Year, it meant I had a few days to get some sleep and get my bearings. There were lots of people out for the celebrations so I went for a walk – shops were still open (in general big shops stay open till 10pm) so I soaked up a bit of the culture too.
Over the weekend I walked around a lot, I didn’t really see any of the “tourist sights” I was more interested in getting a feel for the place and getting an idea of shops – what can I find where. I’m in a hotel now, but soon I’ll need to get food and things for an apartment.