Hong Kong

Making the most of it

Whilst you were sleeping a few things were happening
1. 240 Americans were airlifted from Wuhan and will be put into quarantine in an airport hangar
2. Protestors here in HK, angry with the lack of government response to totally close the borders disrupted the East Rail MTR service by chucking stuff onto the track.
3. 15 nurses on HK island apparently began a mini strike for similar reasons as the protestors, by all calling in sick simultaneously.
4. British Airways and Virgin cancelled all flights to China, including HK I think, until 1st March.
5. 840 new cases confirmed in Hubei province.
6. One of Mr Leung’s ex colleagues delivered a big supply of masks and alcohol rubbing gel.
7. I went on a 4 hour hike.
Whilst not wanting to put myself in danger, it seems pointless to mooch about the house complaining. So when Mr and Mrs Leung invited me to join them on a hike up to the deserted village and on to a nearby reservoir I was happy to accept.
As a young child, my parents would tempt me to go on family walks with promises of ice cream at the end. More recently Martin encourages me to join him with the promise of a log fire pub with lunch at the end, or in summer a pub lunch or tea and cake. But I do remember sometimes there was no ice cream, and on quite a few occasions there has been no pub, or if there was it had finished serving. One particularly memorable walk with Mr P ended up with me knocking at the door of a random person who sold honey in Lelant and asking if they would sell me some honey but with some slices of bread. The pub was shut or was not serving lunch and I was starving. I think the honey seller took pity on me and made me a packed lunch which I shared with Martin and Bob who were also quite hungry (but not enough to go begging at strangers’ doors).

So me and the Leungs set off on a warm sunny day at 10.30. Rumour had it that the man who sometimes opened his restaurant in the abandoned village might be there today. The idea sounded fascinating but with all the risks attached to eating in even a non abandoned village, I was kind of relieved it was all shut up. With the price of real estate here in HK I am surprised some entrepreneur has not snapped up the site. It reminded me of Glossa in Skopelos where I once stayed for a month and tried (unsuccessfully) to persuade Martin to buy a tumbledown shack to turn into a holiday home!

No lunch again, but we had wisely packed some peanut butter sandwiches and sweet potato as a back up plan, so sat on a rock and happily munched our lunch before heading off again on to the reservoir.

Mrs Leung told me, (in between us singing 1-10 in Cantonese, and me chanting today is Wednesday (day 3), yesterday is, tomorrow is, etc). that the Japanese love to come to HK to hike, and I can see why. The walk was pretty with the sound of the river and birdsong, sunlight warming us through dappled leaves and a mountains in the distance. It wasn’t quite as dramatic and rugged as the Cornish coast but easily as enchanting as other walks I have joined in on.
Mr Leung caught the bus home, but Eva had no mask and I wasn’t keen to use public transport. But even out hiking we bumped into quite a few mainland Chinese groups of walkers. Usually I am quite chatty when I meet strangers on a walk, but today you would have been surprised at how fast I can run, in the opposite direction when necessary.
I really do not want to be part of any statistic relating to the epidemic.

Now I am home and blogging. You are all waking up in the UK and I’m just off for a post hike snooze.

By backstagestives

Looking for my long lost family in Hong Kong
And previously....
Fell in love with coastal living 5 years ago. And moved to stunning St Ives. A place to create and grow and flourish. Got me a home and a job. And never looked back. Everyone talks and writes about the famous dead people of St Ives. Virginia and Alfred and Ben and Barbara and Peter and Wilhelmina. Well I thought I’d introduce you to some very nice folk, and they’re all very much alive and make St Ives a much the better town for it.

2 replies on “Making the most of it”

Even I have bought masks online. I’m not the only one either as Amazon is selling out fast. With the advice that the government are getting UK citizens out of Wuhan and there seems to be no plans to isolate them at this end. I think we should all take care. perhaps I am over reacting but I’m in the group that it would kill and having had that nasty virus in 2018 I’m not taking any risks. I’m seeing images on the news of villages outside Wohan literally building brick walls to stop people going in. Please take care of yourself Axx


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