|Dallas, Texas, USA|
Welcome to the world of Hong Kong, according to me. This month (June, 2012) marks 8 months living in Hong Kong. The daily life here could not be more different than the life I had in the states. Most of my life was spent in Dallas, with the exception of a few years in Chicago and Tulsa. So you can imagine, Hong Kong has been quite the culture slap! However, I thought I had an idea of what life would be like in Hong Kong, as I had traveled here extensively for several years. However, traveling and living are two completely different things. Traveling consisted of a private driver waiting for me down stairs every morning, someone by my side to translate my every thought into perfect Cantonese, not to mention the 5-Star accommodations (like-- dry cleaning delivered to the foot of my bed). Living, on the other hand, consists of taking the MTR, ferry's, escalators, taxis and buses (I had never been on a city bus until I moved to HK, and the word ‘ferry” wasn’t in my vocabulary...). It means I have to say everything 3 times and end up with something similar to what I wanted, Sweating. All. The. Time. (hair products running down my face burning my eyes, and my shirt looking like a second skin). And let’s not talk about going to the dry-cleaners.