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Styling Librarian Hong Kong Update Y2 Week 26 Hiking

make lemonade

 

IMG_0358Day 3: Hiking from Discovery Bay to Mui Wo:

Peaceful walk up into the mountains.

Peaceful walk up into the mountains.

My wonderful friend Erika noticed that I posted about our travel mishap and immediately invited our family over to Discovery Bay, DB, for a “tropical getaway”. We were thrilled to plan out a day with her family! We travelled on the ferry over to DB and immediately met up and headed out for a hike from Discovery Bay to another part of Lantau Island called Mui Wo. It was an absolutely gorgeous adventure. It was a concrete path the entire way which was helpful for a hiking novice like myself. Erika and her entire family go on frequent hikes and enjoy the splendor and beauty in different areas of Hong Kong. What a way to appreciate your home!

On the path to Mui Wo, we walked by a few organic farms. This was interesting to walk by… there was a gardener working on an incredible developed bit of land. In some areas of Hong Kong, spare space is rare but on Lantau, in certain areas, people have some incredible space to work on. Felt fresh and healthy in that area. One time the pathway led us through someone’s family room… that was a little different, of course I had to snap a picture!

Respect.

Respect.

Then we walked Up Up Up and got to a monestary. I’m not kidding about the up-up-up stage, Erika said to me, “Ok, here’s the hard part…” In the future, I know that if she says that, trust her… although I already did trust her judgement. Her lovely family trouped along… Our husbands chatted most of the time, our kids mingled, and I was always amazed by the resilience of the kids. There were a few pictures I enjoyed taking there:

Walking there! To Mui Wo.

Walking there! To Mui Wo.

Getting to the peak was breathtaking (both because of the stairs you go up and the view). I kept turning circles, taking pictures of different areas, and thinking about how grateful I was for life… I’ve been quite reflective about how lucky I am lately. This moment was another one of those struck silent moments. (To be honest, going on rollercoasters does the same thing to me!)

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We headed over to Mui Wo pausing for various pictures along the way… It was nice to have a break from the hills up, Erika told me, “It’s downhill from here!” (I teased her when we had a few areas of incline.) We walked down many stairs to get to Mui Wo. There were many people we crossed paths with and even a few slower tour groups that we passed along the way. Really loved this hike from start to finish… When is the next one, Erika?

In Mui Wo, we immediately headed over to a Frozen Meat store and chatted with the owner, found a new pesto sauce to try (all mine, my guys aren’t too fond of pesto), and got an interesting rock salt flavoring to try. We didn’t buy meat this time but some of the meat from Australia looked a little tempting. Having a b-b-q might be useful, if there was a patio/room!

We decided to go to China Bear restaurant that served some delicious pub food. I had a wonderful apple, ginger, carrot smoothie that felt perfect after the hike. We had fantastic food, hope to return there!

Hanging out with friends to hike was a fantastic, fun, and healthy way to enjoy time here in Hong Kong. Thank you to Erika (and the rest of the D family) for the invitation! What a special time it was to enjoy together.

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So… that was another wonderful day in Hong Kong… but we didn’t stop there! Stay tuned!

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Normally, I share a weekly reflection on life here in Hong Kong. I’m going to do something a little different for the next eight weeks, I’m going to share our “make lemonade” story. Sure, I’ll probably have other events to share within those eight weeks, but I’ve decided that this year, I get a break from sharing Hong Kong reflection blogs every week and if I have an opportunity for quality reflection, I’ll grab it and share!

We planned a family vacation to Malaysia complete with flights, hotels, air b+b’s, and night trains all booked and paid for… then when we headed to the airport, we tried to check in and the airline turned us away… why? Because we needed to have six months or more on our passports and we had five and a half months before renewal. If the airline didn’t turn us away and we flew to Malaysia, we’d be turned away and sent right back to Hong Kong. So… as frustrated as we were, we headed back home and quickly unpacked everything. Then we went out to make the most of the day. Thank goodness my husband and I (and our wonderful son) are able to find solutions… Here are our adventures from our week in Malaysia our staycation in Hong Kong. We had a fantastic week and enjoyed many different adventures!

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2 comments on “Styling Librarian Hong Kong Update Y2 Week 26 Hiking

  1. lenorelook
    January 26, 2014

    What fun! And what beautiful pictures! Wish I were there too! Thanks for sharing, Debbie! xxoo

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