First off–let me just make it known that Bruno Mars was somewhere in my hotel at the Venetian, getting ready for his 24k tour there. I was looking for him, and I’m sure he was looking for me too. But the hotel was so darn big that there was approximately a 0% chance that we would find each other. Whatever, Bruno. Next time.
Second–check out this new blogging view from Hotel #3.
Unreal, right? Yep, 3 hotels in 3 days: From Hong Kong, to Macau, back to a different side of Hong Kong. But let me back up a bit and tell you all about Day 4.
We continued today in Macau, exploring two main sites: Senado Square and the Ruins of St. Paul. I can definitely tell that Macau was colonized by Europeans. It did not feel like the rest of Hong Kong–or even Asia.
Senado Square is a paved town square and part of the Macau World Heritage site. We explored this area for a while, meandered the narrow alleys and tiled roads to different eateries and shops, then stumbled upon the Ruins of St. Paul. These ruins are the remnants of the 17th century Church of St. Paul–and only the front of the building remains in its near entirety.
This area was fun to explore. We had to pave our way through crowded alleys swarming with people, and climb up and down sloping streets.
I realized 2 things. 1–It is very difficult to find vegetarian dishes here and in Hong Kong, and 2–There’s not really a way to say excuse me when people are in your way, so sometimes you just have to shove your way around.
And, well, there you have it. It was only one day in Macau, but I think it was just enough to see everything we wanted to–a nice Hong Kong getaway–if you will. So we boarded the ferry and hauled all of our luggage across the city ago our new location: Times Square. And yes, it looks a lot like New York’s Times Square.
This area of HK seems much more alive and happening. We settled in to our new home for the next 5 days, then we headed back out to explore. We explored the malls, shops, and markets around here, ate some Dim Sum for dinner (surprise, surprise), and grabbed some korean-style bingsoo for dessert.
And now, here I am on floor 18 with this amazing overhead view of Times Square. Can’t get much better than this.
Exhausted & jet-lagged,