Today’s post(s) are brought to you by the Pacific Coffee Company in Hong Kong’s IFC Mall. I bought 24 hours of wireless Internet access for 20HK$ ($2.56US). Sweet deal. I’m sitting on a comfy couch in an air-conditioned mall bringing you the latest, getting my laptop and camera powered up off their electric outlets. I’m already juiced up from a cup of coffee, so let’s begin…
Hong Kong was not on the original agenda for this round the world trip. I had no plans on being here…until about two months ago….
Two years ago when I was doing the corporate thing, a new employee, Ilma sat next to me. Our cube divider were not very high, so you could see and hear everything the other person said.
Ilma and I got to be great friends. She left after less than a year and we lost touch with each other…until this past September.
I found Ilma on LinkedIn (LinkedIn strikes again!) and was excited to tell her about my trip plans. But she had news for me too…
ME: Ilma, great news. I left my job and I’m going to travel around the world!
IL: Brian, great news. I’m getting married and I’m moving to Hong Kong!
ME: What?! I should meet you in Hong Kong.
IL: Let’s do it.
And that’s how I came to be here. I knew I could move the flights on my round the world ticket to give myself a gap to get to Hong Kong. I had to do a little scrambling because of the airport closures in Thailand, but I still made it.
Ilma and her husband Francois have been great to me. Francois is a Canadian but you’d swear he was born and raised in Brooklyn. A really fun guy, a little snarky (a good thing), focused, walks fast and talks fast. You’d think he lived in New York all his life. I like this dude and I approve this marriage!
And Hong Kong has turned out to be great. One thing about a trip like this is that you cannot be too rigid. You have to give yourself a little room to roam and deviate from the path you scheduled. You never know what you might miss.
One thing: Ilma is new here too so we thought we get to pal around. But she broke her ankle 4 days before I got here. Ilma you could not have waited until after I left Hong Kong to break bones?