As fun as sightseeing at my own pace was, I decided to do something a little different on Saturday. I wanted to actually socialize. I met up with some American friends of a friend for dim sum at one of The New York Times top-rated restaurants.
I love this method of meeting people. It worked for me in D.C., and I’m making it work for me across the world. I trust that my friends all know cool people, and meeting up with someone who actually knows his/her way around can be a really great way to see a new city from a local’s perspective.
It can also be a great way to meet awesome people. I ended up spending the rest of the day with my lunch buddies.
It was too hot to do much of anything, so we went back to one couple’s apartment in Sheung Wan and drank freshly squeezed lime margaritas over big, important conversations about traveling, living abroad and drinking cans of beer while walking down the street.
And then, of course, we had to go drink cans of beer while walking down the street. Because you can do that in Hong Kong.
After stopping in the nearest 7-11, where we paid for drinks with an Octopus card, we walked to Soho and continued our too-hot-for-anything-else socialization in a bar next to the Mid-level Escalators. My guidebooks didn’t educate me about Soho, but it appears to be a trendy neighbourhood for expats. English is widely used in Hong Kong, but if I closed my eyes and just listened, this area could have been London or New York City. It was filled with Westerners — and it definitely catered to us. For instance, we ate pizza for dinner. (And it was GOOD pizza!)
We rounded out the evening at another bar, but because of the heat, we were all pretty wiped by midnight. I made my way home on the MTR, watching tourists and locals alike navigate the subway system, and I happily realized how versatile and charming Hong Kong is. I was never NOT going to fall in love with this place.
*Title inspired by Mean Girls:
Cady: Yeah, I like math.
Damian: Eww. Why?
Cady: Because it’s the same in every country.
Damian: That’s beautiful. This girl is deep.