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worlds apart
08.09.03

If there's one thing I've learned from this trip, it's that proximity is no guarantee of similarity. Over the past week I've been in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Taiwan, and the three places couldn't be more different.

I was really looking forward to Hong Kong. The heatwave in Europe drove me back to London about 2 weeks early. I was stuck there for 10 days, because most of my things were in my friend's place and she was in Singapore. Being forced to be somewhere is a terrible thing, no matter how much fun you could be having, it is always clouded by the fact that you're there because you had to be. Those 10 days were probably the longest 10 days of my life. And it wasn't long before London started to get on my nerves. The weather and pathetic Underground system didn't help either. Even now my memories of London are tainted.

One thing I realised about travelling - much of the time it isn't the places you visit that make the difference (of course, there are exceptions), the thing that makes a place special is the people you share the experience with. The reason I say this, is that those 10 days in London were made so much more bearable because of the people around me.

Hmm, I seem to have digressed somewhat. Well then, back to the travel journal.

So I arrived in Hong Kong in high spirits. It was not surprising, considering I'd spent the last 10 days in anticipation. I wasn't disappointed.

Hong Kong was everything I'd expected it to be. The food was heavenly, and the shopping was absolutely fantastic. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was much cleaner than it appeared in the Hong Kong movies I'd watched, a phenomenon that is very much the result of a HK$1,500 littering fine.

I was staying with a friend.

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