Sunday 2nd December 11pm
Hop Inn Mody Kowloon
Yesterday I was deplete. Like an iphone that flashes low battery 2%, and with too many applications still running in the background.
Maps application always running, trying to navigate, whether on foot, bus, MTR. Getting better, but navigating my around HK constantly drains my reserves.
Calculator app always on too. Am I handing over 50 quid or 5? Getting the hang of this too, but so easy to get the calculation wrong when stressed.
Security app. Is it best to take all my stuff out with me and risk losing everything? Or should I lock it all away in the under bed wire cage and trust the 24/7manned desk will be enough. To lose my passport would really stuff things up.
Calendar app. What day is it? Where am I meant to be today?
And so it goes on.
So I dumped everything in the wire cage and locked it in. All the technology, the phone, modem, charger, cables. The blue tooth keyboard. Locked away the passport and the driving licence. In went the cash and the credit cards. Everything of value under the bed. Declined an invitation to hike and boat, and stayed local. Just me, my swimming stuff and my pad and pencil. Went to where I know with just 5 dollars in my pocket.
Walked to Kowloon Park. Not at all like a UK park, but trees and children playing, and a smattering of grass and birds singing and quite a lot of concrete. Watched a wedding, and a group of elderly people doing tai chi, graceful and slow. Lay on a bench with my face in the sun and fell asleep, not worried about someone stealing my stuff. Did a few circuits of the elderly persons fitness trail (chin presses and push ups and monkey bars for old people, seriously). And then after the sun went in, swam 10 leisurely, but long lengths of Kowloon’s municipal pool.
Last night I slept well, the best since I’ve been here. Mr P is always saying we should turn off the internet for a day, perhaps he’s right.