Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Long flights and Long delays

I've landed in the good old U-S-of-A! I have not even seen my family, I am not even in Boston but I can already feel the excitement.

My flight from Hong Kong to JFK was 16 hours. We left on time and luckily I had an aisle seat. This is the second time I have taken this long flight and it truly is the strangest thing. The lights are turned off for almost the entire flight, except during meal times. We had two full meals, a small snack, AND a then an additional bag of snacks. Whenever it was time to eat again, the cabin crew would turn on the lights and make an announcement that we were eating again to help our bodies adjust. I'm not sure all the snacks in the world can make a 12 hour time difference any easier. During this flight, I also found it interesting to peak out the window every once in a while because we flew over the North pole. On the flight to Hong Kong it went from light to dark to light to dark throughout the course of our time flying. After snacks, movies, and naps I had finally landed in New York.

From here, I am taking a flight to Boston. My 4:30 flight has been delayed until 7:55. This is not ideal, but my friends from St. Mike's have been keeping me company. My friends Andrea and Erin read my blog on a regular basis and they both are keeping me company during my long delay by sending me pictures like these:

Above is Izzy, Erin's cat, and below looking a little shy is Chip, Andrea's cat. Although these cats have relatively little to do with my return to America, they are making me more and more excited to get home to see my family and my little pup Bert.

The next few days should be a mix of jet-lag, spending time with my family and friends, and getting reacquainted with being home. I will keep you posted on my re-entry to the states, but now it's time to board!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Goodbye Hong Kong, Hello America!

I can't believe I am writing my LAST blog post from Hong Kong. At times, the five months seemed like it was never going to end, but now I cannot believe it is finally here.

I have spent my last weeks in Hong Kong trying to fit in all the things I had planned to do over the semester. This is not an easy task, especially not when it is 90 degrees out with 100 percent humidity. But, I still managed to fit a few fun things in right up to the very end. My favorite day was spent on Cheung Chau island.

Cheung Chau island is a small island south of Hong Kong. The island is a 45 minute ferry ride away and when pulling up to the dock, tons of old fishing boats fill the harbor. Cheung Chau used to be a fishing village and you can still get great seafood there today.

The day I was visiting Cheung Chau was the last day of the Bun Festival. At midnight on this day, local Hong Kong people attempt to climb 60 foot high "bun towers". Although I wasn't on the island until midnight, I thought this sounded like a pretty cool tradition. I did get to catch some of the festivities, a huge parade, music, and dragon costumes. Here is a picture of two of the girls in the parade.

As I was filming a video of the parade, it really made me think about all the different things I saw and learned about while living and studying in Hong Kong. My experience was entirely unique, I don't have any regrets about how I spent my time while staying here. I could always say I should have done this and why didn't I do that, but now that I am leaving, I really feel like I had the full experience during my 5 months abroad.

Now, it is just a 16 hour flight to JFK and a hop over to BOS and I am home! I cannot wait to see my family and friends. Although I am returning home, I will still be blogging! I am sure I will be posting on re-entry and what I am up to once I am back in the states.

Goodbye Hong Kong, it has been great!