Day 29: Leaving Nanchang
Tuesday we got up and did our packing. We had breakfast at the hotel and it was really good. I had some congee which was delicious! Then we walked around Nanchang one last time. We also got some last street food, baked goods and one last tea. The vendor from the place we got some food at overcharged us so that wasn’t fun but oh well.
Then at 4pm we got a ride to the train station. Our train left at 5:30 so we had some time to grab some last minute noodles at a little restaurant in the station. Of course it was expensive and not the best (like airport food) but it was the last taste of Nanchang so I enjoyed every bite.
Our train ride was long, about 5 hours. I ate some peanut butter and crackers, a gift from one of the other teachers. When we arrived in Hong Kong at Kowloon station, Keith’s friend met us there. She had beer for us, and you are allowed to drink it walking around which is neat! We had fun wandering around the station trying to figure out where to go and catch the subway. Finally we found the right subway line and rode the subway for about 10 minutes till we got to Central, Hong Kong.
Arriving on Lamma Island
Then we walked to the ferry terminals where we found out we had to wait 30 minutes to catch the next ferry to Lamma Island. So we went to Pier number 3 and had a drink on the rooftop bar. I tried a strawberry lime cider and it was delicious! We boarded the ferry and on the thirty minute ride we could see parts of Hong Kong at night with its bright lights and tall buildings.
When we got to Lamma island, I discovered it was very different from any place I had ever been. There are no cars on Lamma, the only vehicles you see are Village vehicles (but we didn’t see any until the next morning!) Some people bike but mostly they walk which we would discover. Right now, it was around 1 am and everything was dark and quiet. We walked the 30 minutes to our hotel, taking a wrong turn every now and then. We didn’t get to sleep till very late aka early morning so we started the next day with around 4 hours sleep!
Day 30: 1st Day on Lamma Island
Wednesday morning we got to see Lamma island in all its glory! And was it ever a sight to see! We walked into town to get some breakfast and ended up at this little spot where I had my first Western breakfast since being away from home. I had eggs, ham, sausage, toast, roasted mushrooms and tomato, and baked beans. It was so good! The town had lots of shops selling fresh produce and other things. There was lots of cafes and bars, little shops with cool items and lots of places to eat.
For the rest of the day we just explored Lamma. We walked to Pak Kok where our friend had a place. The island feels like a jungle in some parts and there is so much greenery. I’ve seen so many different kinds of flowers here. There are lots of banyan trees here which are so cool! (pictured below!)
Banana trees and papaya trees grow everywhere and I always had to stop and stare whenever I saw one! Which was quite often! Some places you can see Hong Kong or Aberdeen in the distance through the trees.
We went to Lamma Grill Pizza Express for supper and tried the weekly special pizza. It was lamb with tomatoes, jalapeno aioli and red onions. It was full of flavor and some of the best pizza I’ve ever had! We also tried some shrimp thai chips! The texture was like pork rinds, but the flavor obviously shrimp! After, we went to some bars and played pool and board games. I was so tired that night I fell asleep before my head hit the pillow.
I hope you are still liking my posts from my trip! In a few days I am heading home and I am super excited as well as sad to go! Do you have any questions about any of my posts? Please, ask away!